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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FREE Science of Agriculture 2012 @ OARDC


OARDC will be offer FREE workshops for children in grades K-5 on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 and children in grades 6-12 on Wednesday, October 17, 2012!!!

Last year more than 930 students who will be attended this event. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to register right away once registration opens. In the mean time, you download a list of session locations  to see what sessions were offered at last year's event. If you plan to attend, don't forget to download a copy of our OARDC campus map to determine the location of your sessions and assess your transportation needs. Remember, you are responsible for transporting your students to all sessions.

Address:  The Ohio State University - OARDC
                 1680 Madison Avenue
                 Wooster, OH 44691


Phone Number:  (330) 263-3773
**  When you register online you will be asked what is the earliest and latest workshop you are able to attend.  Also, you will be able to select the workshops listed below in order of preference in attending!

On October 16, 2012 students in grades k-5 will have the opportunity to explore the SCIENCE of agriculture in a fun, hands on and free way at Science of Agriculture 2012! Online registration is now open. Here's a look at the sessions offered at this year's event and a glimpse at what students will be learning:


All About Bulbs
Did you know people eat bulbs everyday? In this session, students will learn about the life cycle of a bulb by season and have the opportunity to investigate a bulb up-close-and-personal. They will take their own bulb back to school with ideas for scientific observations and predictions. Conducted by OARDC’s Director’s Office. Location: To be determined

Bioenergy BlastRenewable, home-grown fuels are the future of American energy. Come tour the new Quasar biodigester on our Wooster campus and see how we are using waste products to power our campus—today! The future is here—come experience it for yourself! Conducted by Quasar Bioenergy. Location: Quasar Biodigester, BioHio Research Park.

Breaking the Code
From the color of your eyes to the height of your body, tiny microscopic DNA molecules determine nearly everything about your body. Come learn how DNA works and how our researchers use DNA sequencing in their research Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.

Creating Compost
Composting is good for farmers and good for the environment! It transforms organic waste like manure into a valuable commodity. Learn the mechanics of the composting process, visit our composting pad to see composting in progress and learn about the practical applications of composting. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and the Ohio Composting And Manure Management program. Location: Composting Pad.

EcoBot Challenge
Take part in the 2012 4-H National Science Experiments as you explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Includes hands-on experimentation and simple robot construction and design. Conducted by Wayne County Extension. 

Exploring Ecosystems
Get an up-close-and personal look at OARDC’s 88-acre Secrest Arboretum as you learn about the inter-connected nature of ecosystems! Students will expand their knowledge of science in the landscape while improving plant ID skills, learning the importance of selecting the right plant for the right place, and understanding the role of a research arboretum in helping gardeners develop landscapes with wholesome, healthy plants. Conducted by OARDC’s Secrest Arboretum. Location: Secrest Arboretum.

Larger than LifeYour students will never see things quite the same again! This session gives students the chance to get up close and personal with our electron microscopes—microscopes that are powerful enough to make and ant appear almost a mile long! This session is definitely larger than life! Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.
 

Plant Drs at Work
Many diseases can infect plants and devastate our crops and our forests.  See examples of plant diseases and learn and why it's so important to keep our crops and forests healthy.  Hands-on activities will also demonstrate important uses of crops such as soybean and corn. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology and USDA/ARS. Location: Selby Hall.

Plants in Space!
Students will see first-hand an automated plant production system developed for NASA's Deep Space Exploration missions. The system features automated irrigation and remote monitoring of plant growth and well-being. The system is also able to provide life-support essentials, such as food, oxygen and clean water for long-term space missions with minimal astronaut time requirements. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Location: To be determined.

Seeds of ScienceCome learn about the science of seeds! Students will learn about the structure of seeds, examine different types of seeds, and then make their own seed-starting necklace to take home with them to observe how their seed sprouts. Conducted by Ohio State University Extension. Location: To be determined

Sensational SoilStudents learn how soil is formed and discover the properties of soil. This activity includes and introduction and three different learning stations with hands-on soil smudge, rock rubbing and creating a “Soil Sam.” Conducted by Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District. Location: To be determined

Stream Bugs & Stream Health
Rivers and streams are homes for many animals. Different rivers and streams host different organisms.  This session gives students the chance to learn about streams and how agriculture can impact on stream health. Students will use field microscopes to observe aquatic creatures.  At the end of the session, students are able to participate in decisions about the health and future of rivers and streams. Conducted by OARDC's Sugarcreek Watershed Education Program. Location: To be determined

What is Organic and Why Should I Care?
Students will learn about the definitions and hallmarks of organic agriculture. They will have an opportunity to learn about organic produce, how and where it is marketed, and the choices that farmers have to make to earn the label "certified organic". Location: To be determined.
On October 17, 2012 students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to explore the SCIENCE of agriculture in a fun, hands-on and free way at Science of Agriculture 2012! Use our online registration form or download a copy to reserve your space today! Here's a glimpse at what students will be learning:

Bioenergy BlastRenewable, home-grown fuels are the future of American energy. Come tour the new Quasar biodigester on our Wooster campus and see how we are using waste products to power our campus—today! The future is here—come experience it for yourself! Conducted by Quasar Bioenergy. Location: Quasar Biodigester, BioHio Research Park.
 

Breaking the Code
From the color of your eyes to the height of your body, tiny microscopic DNA molecules determine nearly everything about your body. Come learn how DNA works and how our researchers use DNA sequencing in their research Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.


College Choices 101
Wondering what to do after high school? How about a career in Ohio's largest industry? Today's agriculture and bioscience industries are about a WHOLE lot more than "just" cows and plows! Like the science behind agriculture showcased at this year's Science of Agriculture event? Find out how to turn that interest into a career that pays. Conducted by Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Biological Sciences Admissions. Location: To be determined.


Creating Compost
Composting is good for farmers and good for the environment! It transforms organic waste like manure into a valuable commodity. Learn the mechanics of the composting process, visit our composting pad to see composting in progress and learn about the practical applications of composting. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and the Ohio Composting And Manure Management program. Location: Composting Pad.

EcoBot Challenge
Take part in the 2012 4-H National Science Experiments as you explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Includes hands-on experimentation and simple robot construction and design. Conducted by Wayne County Extension. 

Exploring Ecosystems
Get an up-close-and personal look at OARDC’s 88-acre Secrest Arboretum as you learn about the inter-connected nature of ecosystems! Students will expand their knowledge of science in the landscape while improving plant ID skills, learning the importance of selecting the right plant for the right place, and understanding the role of a research arboretum in helping gardeners develop landscapes with wholesome, healthy plants. Conducted by OARDC’s Secrest Arboretum. Location: Secrest Arboretum.

Larger than LifeYour students will never see things quite the same again! This session gives students the chance to get up close and personal with our electron microsposes—miscroscopes that are powerful enought to make and ant appear almost a mile long! This session is definitely larger than life! Conducted by OARDC's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center. Location: Selby Hall.
 


Lead Out Loud
Agriculture is Ohio’s largest industry. And while farmers account for less than 2 percent of our country’s population, the agricultural industry has evolved into so much more! Nationwide, the agricultural industry employs more that 24 million Americans—that’s about 17 percent of our country’s workforce. Students will learn about potential careers and opportunities in the agricultural industry. Conducted by Ohio FFA State Officer Team. Location: FIsher Auditorium.

Mendelian Genetics
Learn how Mendelian genetics are used through molecular technology to help find solutions to problems in today’s agricultural industry. Conducted by USDA’s Agriculture Research Service and OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology. Location: Fisher Auditorium.

Plant Drs at Work
Many diseases can infect plants and devastate our crops and our forests.  See examples of plant diseases and learn and why it's so important to keep our crops and forests healthy.  Hands-on activities will also demonstrate important uses of crops such as soybean and corn. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Plant Pathology and USDA/ARS. Location: Selby Hall.

Plants in Space!
Students will see first-hand an automated plant production system developed for NASA's Deep Space Exploration missions. The system features automated irrigation and remote monitoring of plant growth and well-being. The system is also able to provide life-support essentials, such as food, oxygen and clean water for long-term space missions with minimal astronaut time requirements. Conducted by OARDC’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Location: To be determined.

Stream Bugs & Stream Health
Rivers and streams are homes for many animals. Different rivers and streams host different organisms.  This session gives students the chance to learn about streams and how agriculture can impact on stream health. Students will use field microscopes to observe aquatic creatures.  At the end of the session, students are able to participate in decisions about the health and future of rivers and
streams. Conducted by OARDC's Sugarcreek Watershed Education Program. Location: To be determined

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! My oldest wants to be a farmer so this is perfect. I appreciate your work in gathering information to bless the rest of us.

    I received your link through my Yahoo group.

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