STEM and Modern Agriculture
Valerie Bayes joins Lab Out Loud this week to talk about modern agriculture. As the K-12 STEM Outreach Lead for Monsanto, Valerie is busy engaging educators in modern agriculture where cross-cutting concepts like engineering, math, and biology are used to solve important problems in our world today. Through Monsanto’s STEM page, Valerie assists educators in finding powerful classroom resources and even helps teachers to obtain GE seeds for use in the classroom. Valerie joins us to share how she got into science outreach, explain Monsanto’s educational collaborations, and discuss the connections between STEM and modern agriculture (including drones!).
- Monsanto.com/stem – A variety of easy tabletop STEM lesson plans including access to GE seeds.
- University of Nebraska Plant and Soil Science – Animation/Videos and Lessons to help explain complex topics like backcrossing and PCR through animations
- GMO Answers – Here you and/or your students can ask any possible question they can think of and an industry expert, farmer or university professor will answer. Under the “education resources” you will find helpful infographics and posters.
- FARMLAND Film – United States Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and Discovery Education have collaborated to create a free documentary on modern agriculture and free lesson plans tied to national teaching standards. In this film students will learn just how sophisticated modern agriculture is and how each of the STEM disciplines apply.
- Armadillo Challenge – Monsanto engineers and scientists share real-world challenges they are trying to solve so that students/teachers or curious audiences may be able to help with. In this example a few Monsanto engineers get on camera to pose a real-world, inquiry based problem that Monsanto is trying to solve: How do you manage the armadillos in Brazil which are wreaking havoc?
- Biobuilder – Created by an award-winning team at MIT, BioBuilder offers a wide range of open source, free curricula to provide hands-on experiences that foster exploration, innovation, and interest in emerging areas of science.
- Biofortified Blog– Is a blog authored by a variety of plant science PhDs they cover topics related to plant science, environmental science and agriculture. I have found articles like this on Crop Modification Techniques to be especially helpful.
- Genetically Engineered Crops: From Idea to Product by Prado et al, 2014. This paper authored by Monsanto employees describes the development and testing needed to bring a GMO to market.
Connect with our guest:
- Twitter: @Vbayes
- Monsanto Company: @MonsantoCo, www.facebook.com/MonsantoCo/ and vimeo.com/monsantostem
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