Agriculture offers an incredible medium for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). My American Farm helped spread this message at this year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.
The festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. More than 250,000 visitors attended the three-day event in April.
For the first time in festival history, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture hosted a large agriculture learning experience housed in the “Sustainability Pavilion.” Visitors played My American Farm games on new iPad kiosks, discovered My American Farm resources through group demonstrations, and enjoyed fun “Make & Take” activities aligned to My American Farm resources. The agriculture exhibit also featured Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s mobile ag lab trailer, special activities and exhibits by the Nutrients for Life Foundation, and a resource shop hosted by the AFBFA. Visitors were able to meet farmers who spoke on the My American Farm stage each day. They were also able to listen to book readings by Laurie Krebs, author of “The Beeman,” the AFBFA book of the year for 2014.
My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today the free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.
The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Farm Bureau Foundation. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org. Learn more about the USA Science and Engineering Festival