How do you engage students in agricultural sciences? First, reach the teachers. This summer, Ohio State University’s Western Agricultural Research Station gathered 14 teachers for a field tour to introduce them to new concepts, practices, and career opportunities in agriculture for students.
Teachers learned about STEM-themed modules and hands-on activities that they could take back to the classroom. In plots at the research station, they practiced using GreenSeeker, a handheld device with optical sensors that can prescribe appropriate amounts of fertilizer to individual plants to provide maximum yield. They also learned about some of the important research projects at the research station – more than 230 projects taking place on more than 300 acres. All aspects of agronomic production are being tested at the station, mostly corn and soybean.
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