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An exciting new experience for science curriculum coordinators and professional development leaders to discover new and relevant ways to show the real-world application of STEM concepts to students!

 

Discover new and relevant ways to show the real-world application of STEM concepts to students! Join us for first-hand experience on farms and ranches before the 2016 NSTA National Conference.

 

The 2016 event will be held Monday, March 28, through Wednesday, March 30, in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Curriculum/professional development leaders selected for the event will receive a $2,000 stipend. Applications are due by January 22nd. Selected participants will be notified by February 1st. 

 

During this event you will explore STEM applications of beef production and ranching. You will be given the opportunity to have an open and honest dialogue about how STEM concepts impact the food we eat and the world in which we live by engaging with real farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, researchers and others in the beef industry.

 

Participants will get to visit working cattle farms and interact with beef animals in various life cycle stages. This is a hands-on, in-the-field learning experience like none other!

 

The Farm STEM Experience will be held prior to the National Science Teacher Association annual meeting held in Nashville. This allows you to leverage your time and travel dollars. Farm STEM Experience activities will conclude the evening of Wednesday, March 30, prior to the start of NSTA meeting on Thursday morning.

 

Agenda at a Glance

  • Monday, March 28th, Kick-off Session and Dinner, 4pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, March 29th, In-field Immersion Experiences, 8am-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 30th, In-field Immersion Experiences & Debrief Discussion, 8am-5pm

Connections between beef production and STEM that will be explored:

  • Genetics, pedigrees and reproductive technology
  • Animal nutrition and animal health
  • Life cycles, anatomy and physiology
  • Animal behavior
  • Ecosystems and the role/impact of beef production
  • Beef nutrition and beef quality testing technologies

Download the Detailed Draft Agenda Here (TBD)

 

Logistics

 
  • This experience is provided by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA), with funding from the Beef Checkoff Program.
  • Curriculum/professional development leaders selected for the event will receive a $2,000 stipend. $750 will be paid upon selection, $750 upon completion of the experience, and $500 upon the submission of two blog posts/reflection articles to be completed within 3 months of the event.  

  • Each participant is responsible for his/her transportation to/from Nashville, TN.

  • Once arriving in Nashville, AFBFA will provide the following for each participant at no charge:

    • Three (3) single hotel room nights (Mon-Wed)

    • Transportation from/to Nashville Airport

    • Transportation to tour sites during the event

    • Meals:

      • Monday: Dinner

      • Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      • Wednesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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