Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 25, 2013

Students make connection between science and ag

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

Temple Hill Elementary fifth-graders got to experience hands-on how science and agriculture intermingle this week at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Mobile Science Activity Center.

On Wednesday, the students made homemade ice cream. On Thursday, the students made silly putty. On Friday, students learned about soil erosion and seed germination in the three major Kentucky crops: soybeans, corn and wheat. Jason Hodge, a KDA MSAC program coordinator, said the activities help bridge the gap for students who do not grow up on a farm.

“Many of these kids are two and sometimes even as many as four generations removed from family farming,” Hodge said. “Everything we teach fits the science curriculum, and we try to incorporate agriculture as much as possible. Yesterday we made ice cream which was very appropriate since Barren County is a big dairy county.”

Hodge said the MSAC specifically targets fourth grade because that’s when students begin to be tested on science in state standardized assessments, but the program works for grades kindergarten through fifth.

The presentations are tailored to the grade levels. In the younger grade levels, students get a tour of the MSAC with the different posters on the wall representing food from different categories including poultry, hogs, wheat, soybeans, beef cattle, dairy and corn. The boards feature popular food items such as breakfast cereal on the corn poster to help students make the connection of where their food comes from.

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