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.
4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge: Bee Team
This great video was created by the Nicollet County 4-H Science of Agriculture team about their research on the public perception of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
4-H and the Science of Agriculture Challenge
(May 2015, Source) Sixteen-year-old Justin Weeldreyer always thought bees were the coolest miracles of nature, living off the honey they make and building intricate hives. He put his interest to work by conducting research with four other Washington County 4-H youth as part of the new 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
"Overwintering is a big problem for Minnesota beekeepers," says Justin. "Big producers pack up and send their hives someplace warm, but smaller businesses and hobbyists can't afford that and just hope their bees survive."
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.
- Science of Agariculture Team Presentation Times (PDF)
- Science of Agriculture Quick Start Guide (PDF)
- "What is the Science of Agriculture Challenge?" September 18, 2014 presentation slides (PDF)
- Science of Ag drone presentation example (PDF)
- Official Judges Scoring Rubric (PDF)
- Science of Ag fact sheet (PDF)
- 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)
- Overwintering Bees in Minnesota (Washington Cty)
- Water Quality Testing for Calves (Wright Cty)
- Buffer Zones: Protecting our Waterways and Native Plants (Crow Wing Cty)
- National Sheep Improvement Program (Otter Tail West Cty)
- Entomophagy: The protein revolution (Washington Cty)
- Assessing Poultry Offal for Economic Viability as a Fuel Source (Crow Wing Cty)
Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension professor, science of agriculture
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