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Teachers all over the state and beyond are using Feed the World lessons with their students! See how other teachers are implementing this curriculum in their classrooms, learn about emerging agricultural topics and resources, and get the latest updates on our workshops and satellite activities.

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Spot the difference!

Oct 18, 2019
Corn in a biology class?!? Yes!! Mary Moser of HTRS Public School chose to incorporate the lessons from the Feed the World workshop in her Biology II class. Moser said, “This class had a very strong interest in agriculture, so it was a natural fit for them to draw from their experiences to learn more about biological processes.” After watching a video about the history of corn to pique their …

Dust Bowl Phenomena

Oct 17, 2019
How have humans impacted soil? Lexington Middle School teacher Haley Rogers used this question with her sixth graders as they learned about important events and developments in agricultural history. The Dust Bowl Phenomena is part of the middle school Soil and sustainability lesson available free on our website. Rogers began her lesson on the Dust Bowl by presenting a photo of dust storms rolling in over a small town. Students …

From the ear to ethanol via enzymes

Apr 30, 2018
Want to see how your science students can work with ag-related fermentation and distillation? Jerry Vydra, a biology teacher at Mogadore High School, is a Feed the World workshop alumnus and an Ohio Corn & Wheat grant recipient. Here’s how he used Feed the World lessons and materials in his biology and environmental science classes. In our biology classes we learn how cells convert the energy in food molecules into …

Learning about the science of food

Mar 29, 2018
Helping connect the classroom to real-world science is one of Feed the World’s goals. Stacie Taylor of Bethel Tate High School used what she learned at the summer Feed the World workshop with her biology students at Bethel Tate High School to help them understand how this science relates to agriculture. As part of the Heredity standards for high school biology, students learn that genes are segments of DNA that …

Fermentation lab set up and design

Feb 15, 2018
Do you know how ethanol is made? Commercial production of fuel ethanol in the United States involves breaking down the starch present in corn into simple sugars (glucose), feeding these sugars to yeast (fermentation), and then recovering the main product (ethanol) and byproducts (animal feed and carbon dioxide). Ethanol is an alcohol produced through the process of yeast fermentation of sugars. The Corn fermentation in a bag lesson gives students …

The flow of knowledge in the study of water

Dec 22, 2017
Kelly Staley, 7th grade science teacher at Clear Fork Middle School, shares how she’s using what she learned at the summer 2-day Feed the World workshop sponsored by Ohio Corn & Wheat: My students begin this unit by studying the properties of water. They perform tests examining cohesion, adhesion, specific heat, and the pH of different sources of water. The students enjoyed the opportunity to choose from four different labs, …

Fermentation leads to lots of gas

Dec 13, 2017
Recently the 10th grade biology students at Fort Jennings High School worked on the Corn Fermentation in a Bag lab experiment. Teacher Jeff Jostpille, a Feed the World alumni educator, first reviewed cellular respiration and organic molecules. Next, he talked about commercial ethanol production, reminding students about the two local ethanol facilities. He explains the fermentation activity: “Students could choose from a variety of feedstocks, including sugar, honey, blue agave, …

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