Cultivating Inclusive Innovation in the Future of Food Systems

Inclusive Innovation | May 20, 2024

Imagine a field where photovoltaic panels and agricultural crops coexist. As sun energy is being harnessed overhead, the crop growth and underground soil dynamics are being meticulously monitored by AI-powered sensors. Robots weave through fields, guided by precision data maps, seeking and removing unwanted plants or weeds with laser-like accuracy. This isn't futuristic fantasy; it's the reality of current technologies being tested, and equipment being used in modern agriculture. These innovations are possible because of new and advancing technology and requires inventive minds and diverse perspectives of a new generation of agricultural problem-solvers to make them reality.

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Cultivating Excellence: Establishing Sustainable Teacher Support Systems in NGSS Implementation

Education | May 08, 2024

The Food and Agriculture Center for Science Education (The Center) is an initiative of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture dedicated to enhancing scientific and agricultural literacy by expanding access to agriculture. The Center accomplishes this by providing immersive professional learning opportunities for educators, high-quality instructional materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, and collaborative partnerships between educators and agricultural experts.

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Making Sense of Sustainability: Investigating Phenomena Found in Sustainable Food Systems

Phenomena | Apr 26, 2024

Engaging student learning experiences are centered around real-world exploration and problem-solving, rather than rote memorization. Phenomena spark curiosity and prompt students to apply their scientific knowledge. Similarly, engineering problems require the application of scientific and engineering principles toward a solution to a problem that arises from a phenomenon. Both phenomena and problems serve as springboards for instruction, initiating inquiry, and providing purpose to learning.

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Science Through the Lens of Agriculture: Identity, Relevance, Authenticity & Opportunities

Universal Relevance | Apr 16, 2024

Since the dawn of civilization, science and agriculture have been closely connected. Agriculture is not merely a practice of sowing seeds, raising livestock, and harvesting crops; it is a scientific endeavor that harnesses the power of knowledge and innovation to transform the way we cultivate our food.

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The Forgotten Field: The Lack of Agricultural Contexts in Science Classrooms

Agricultural Context | Apr 08, 2024

In today's modern society, where food is readily available on supermarket shelves, many people have become detached from the source of their sustenance. Agricultural literacy, or the understanding of food, fiber, and fuel production, is dwindling at an alarming rate.

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