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National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Summary 2020 —

State Contact

VACANT

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

Because of COVID protocols, Utah AITC developed an online module for preservice students that replaced our F2F workshops: https://form.jotform.com/202154980979164

We developed the following resources:

  • The Bee Line: K-12 online newsletter (quarterly) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/teacher/newsletters/
  • Harvest of Activities: K-12 online newsletter (monthly) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/teacher/newsletters/
  • Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car (3-5 lesson) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/740/
  • Agritourism: Extreme Farm Makeover (6-8 lesson) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/753/
  • Federal Lands: Ranching & Recreating on Common Grounds (9-12 lesson) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/785/
  • A Recipe for Genetics: Selective Breeding and Transgenics (6-8 lesson) - https://utah.agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/729/

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

N/A

Program Leader Biosketch

Denise Stewardson is an Extension Associate Professor and Director of the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program (8 years) at Utah State University. As a faculty member in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education, she teaches a social science-based agricultural literacy course on global food production for students of all majors, and University Connections, a first-year experience course. Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Arts from the University of Maryland.

As an agricultural literacy specialist, Denise works with teachers statewide, regionally, and nationally to help them and their students understand the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. In addition to her work in agricultural literacy, she advocates for university students in regards to their academic success and retention-serving as a mentor for the Aggies First Scholars program and as an active member of both USU's Connections Faculty Committee and the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan Exploratory Advising Committee. Denise also serves as adviser for the USU chapter of Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions and education throughout the world as a means to enable girls and women to stay in work and school.