November 8 is the unofficial holiday that celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education throughout the United States. Need any ideas for how you can inspire young minds for agricultural science? We’ve got you covered!
- Find activities and lessons on biotechnology, biofuels, water quality, soil and sustainability by visiting the Nourish the Future's (NTF) curriculum page.
- 4-H’s STEM and Agriculture programs cover topics not limited to Engineering & Technology; Environmental Science & Alternative energy; and Plant & Animal Science.
- For younger readers, check out Kansas Corn STEM’s book, “We Grow Corn.” There are additional activities, videos and resources to help with corn-centric hands-on learning.
- Texas Corn Producers also have a collection of Educational Resources to keep K-5 students engaged and learning about the world of agriculture.
- For older students, broaden their horizons in career pathways with a tour of FFA’s Ag Explorer.
- And for science teachers looking to take their STEM knowledge and skills to the next level, consider applying for NTF’s Teacher Learner Community III.
NCGA believes agriculture is a vital partner in engaging students in STEM concepts in ways that directly and indirectly impact their lives and the lives of farmers. Not only does teaching an ag-based curriculum in the science classroom inspire students to solve real-world science issues, reaching students is critical to address the job gap in agriculture-related careers, many of which go unfilled. Nourish the Future—an initiative of NCGA’s Sustainable Ag Research Action Team—is sponsored directly with the investment of state corn checkoff dollars.