Ag in STEM summer series begins
For the City Times
STEVENS POINT – Ag in STEM, a bi-weekly summer series hosted by Farming for the Future Foundation, kicked off June 10 at the Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point.
The series began with an engineering with vegetables session where students constructed their own barns and tractors from vegetables grown in Wisconsin. Students were provided vegetables and toothpicks and were allowed the creative freedom to design and construct in their own way.
“So often kids are told, ‘don’t play with your food,’ but we actually wanted exactly that,” said Jenn Scott, the Foundation’s Education Outreach Manager. “I was pleased with the launch of our first program and happy to see the kids having fun while engineering with toothpicks and vegetables.”
The Ag in STEM summer series is designed to connect students with agriculture through play and hands-on learning. Farming for the Future Foundation’s is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to educate current and future generations about agricultural innovation and sustainability.
“Our goal with this series is to help children understand the many opportunities available within the industry,” Scott said. “We will introduce the direct link to STEM and agriculture, but we’ll also share about career opportunities and help students connect themselves to agriculture.”
Anna Borchardt, a parent of two students who attended the first session, said her children enjoyed the session.
“I always think it’s good to get out and do something out of your typical routine or agenda to see what your kids are truly interested in,” Borchardt said. “It sounded like a fun activity that they would enjoy and to get them out of the house to do something hands on and build with something they don’t get to play with normally.”
The series will continue bi-weekly throughout June and July. Electric Potatoes is the next session, scheduled for June 24. Students will work to power batteries using potatoes.
The summer series is free and open to students ages 9-12. The remaining sessions will be held at the Portage County Public Library Pinery room from 10-11 a.m. Reservations are not required but are encouraged as space is limited. To reserve your child’s seat, visit bit.ly/AginSTEM