Foundation News

My American Farm Releases Global Agriculture Game

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new educational game entitled “The Great Seed Search” that gives learners the opportunity to experience the global nature of the agriculture industry.

In this simulation game, players enter coordinates and pilot a plane around the world collecting important seeds. Through challenges in the game, players learn about other cultures, geography and agricultural products. The game and supporting educational resources can be found at http://www.myamericanfarm.org/games/great_seed_search/.

This game was developed with guidance from The Asia Society and The Longview Foundation, who served as global literacy subject matter experts. Technical experts volunteered their time to support content development, research and review. “Agriculture is global. Exposing our students to this fact at a young age is imperative both for their education as well as for the success of the industry. Asia Society is proud to partner with American Farm Bureau and Longview Foundation on this important initiative,” shares Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director of Education for The Asia Society.

My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today the free site offers 19 agriculturally-themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.

 

My American Farm Releases New Energy Game

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2013 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new educational game entitled “Power Up” that helps young learners discover the importance of energy in agriculture.

In this comic book-style game, players will visit regions facing energy crises, review each situation and fire up the “Energy Expert 5,000” to keep Energy Land running. The game offers a whole new experience for My American Farm users, as they adjust a virtual energy meter to designate energy sources for a region in need. After playing the game, learners will understand the importance of having a balanced energy plan and discover energy as an important sector in the agriculture industry.

Accompanying the game is a new eComic, “Lights Out,” which invites learners to join Benjamin P. Farmington as he travels in time with his great-grandfather to learn how energy has changed. The new game and resources can be found at www.myamericanfarm.org/games/power_up.

This game and related resources were developed through a special partnership with Tri State Generation and Transmission Association. The game release kicks off a three-year partnership between Tri State and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. State Farm Bureau leaders will have the opportunity to nominate state representatives to attend an energy-focused agricultural literacy symposium in Denver to be held in late Spring 2014.

My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today the free site offers 18 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics. One additional game will be released later this year.

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.