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National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Educator Professional Development

Step Up the Science of Water Quality

August 2-3, 2021
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

This fast-paced professional development will give educators tools and experience they will need to implement science research and practices regarding water quality into their classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. During one day of the workshop participants will discuss water quality and water quality issues while learning about research and variable testing that occurs in a laboratory environment. During a second day participants will tour farms and research sites to learn about field drainage, oxbows, bioreactors, saturated buffers, wetlands, and water recycling efforts and research.

Each participant will be eligible for a $800 stipend to help cover the cost of their travel and registration fees. Applications and admission will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected participants will be directed to sign up for their preferred credit option. Graduate credit is available through Iowa State University for $790. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. Apply to attend via this form.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Priority Area, award 2021-67037-34161/project accession no. 1025595.


From Lab to Classroom: The Science of Crop Improvement

August 3-5, 2021
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

This experiential-based professional development will give educators knowledge and tools they will need to implement science research and practices regarding crop improvement and biotechnology into their classrooms. Participants will leave the workshop with reinforced knowledge of research methods, instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classrooms with little or no additional effort. During one day of the workshop, participants will discuss basic methods of crop improvement including breeding, doubled haploid production, and DNA extraction at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center with dedicated time in the research laboratory. On another day, participants will learn about GMOs and gene-editing in a Kansas State University research laboratory with time to explore societal viewpoints and the challenge they present to the agriculture industry. Day three will allow participants to discuss how this research can be used in the classroom for deeper learning on the covered topics.

Participants will be eligible to receive an $800 stipend that can supplement travel costs including mileage, hotel, and meals as well as registration.

Graduate credit is being offered by Kansas State University. Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Hours will also be available.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Priority Area, award 2021-67037-34161/project accession no. 1025595.


Step Up the Science in Use of Drones in Agriculture

January 2022
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

More details to come