Beef STEM Event to Engage Science Coordinators

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Education, Farm Bureau, Science

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 1.56.54 PMThe American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced an “On the Farm STEM Experience” for science curriculum coordinators, funded by the Beef Checkoff. Selected participants will receive a $2,000 stipend to attend the event held March 28-30, 2016, immediately prior to the National Science Teachers Association annual convention in Nashville.

Science curriculum coordinators are leaders at the district level who influence professional development and training for classroom science teachers. This event seeks to provide coordinators with real-world experience connecting science to the beef industry. As part of the experience, leaders will visit beef production facilities, meet beef producers and their livestock, and have access to Foundation education consultants to help explore the connections between STEM and beef production.

State agricultural literacy organizations are encouraged to invite curriculum coordinators from urban districts to apply. The Foundation is offering an incentive to state Agriculture in the Classroom programs, state Beef Councils and state Farm Bureaus that encourage coordinators to apply. Once the attendees are selected, those organizations that referred the selected participant will receive a $250 credit for the Foundation Resource Store or a $250 cash card to support educational efforts. Applications close Jan. 22. For additional information, contact Angela Mayfield at