Science of Agriculture Challenge
Find solutions to real ag-related issues in your community
This is a hands-on learning experience to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders in Minnesota. Youth teams will partner with local expert mentors to develop science-based responses to agriculture-related issues they have identified in their communities.
Youth can explore issues in the areas of agronomy, animal husbandry, soil science, ag business, rural finance, food science, engineering and more. Youth are encouraged to be creative in exploring and developing solutions.
Important dates for teams to know
- Online registration due - April 15, 2015
- Science of Agriculture Challenge destination event at U of M St. Paul Campus - June 17-19, 2015
Who can participate?
Teams may include 3-4 youth, grades 6 and above (current and new 4-H'ers). Volunteers, coaches, coordinators and mentors will play an important role in the teams' planning and execution.
Teams can be cross-county. Teams will work together starting in autumn 2014 and make formal presentations on the St. Paul campus in June, 2015. Each member of the top three teams will receive a university scholarship of $500 - $1,000.
To participate in the challenge on June 17-19, 2015, each team must turn in a completed team intent form by Nov. 9, 2014. Teams wishing to express intent after November 9, 2014, should contact Dr. Joshua Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org 612-624-8415 directly.
- Science of Agriculture Response volunteer (webinar recording from October 14, 2014)
- Science of Agriculture coach position form (PDF)
- Science of Agriculture mentor position form (PDF)
- Implementing effective inquiry learning for youth (webinar recording from November 18, 2014)
- Science of Agriculture concept maps presentation slides (217K PPT) Handout format (PDF)
- Science of Agriculture Coaches Webinar, (webinar recording from March 17, 2015)
Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension professor, science of agriculture
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