$1,000 AG LITERACY GRANT
“It’s really fun and it’s a really cool activity. It’s basically agricultural stuff,” said 8-year-old Adamari Lozada, a 2nd grade student.
At Project Impact STEM Academy in Kuna, these second-graders get a little hands-on learning about farming.
“There’s even medical stuff too and it was so much fun, especially the part where you have to take care of the animals like a real vet,” Lozada said.
“Because maybe if you become a farmer and you do something like that, you might have to learn more about animals and that before you can be a farmer,” the 7-and-a-half-year-old said. old Elias Wortman.
“Is there anything you’ve learned about where your food comes from that you didn’t know before?”
“Yeah, like I didn’t know sour cream comes from milk,” said 8-year-old Grade 2 student Roslyn Roberts.
Through the Ada County Farm Bureau, the school received a $1,000 grant for agricultural literacy projects from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
“In Kuna, it’s good because they have a lot of farmland around them, so they see it without really knowing they’re seeing it, but as that land gets smaller and smaller, they see it. see as often,” said Amanda Harris Agricultural Science and Technology Professor.
“So it’s important for them to understand the amount of work it takes to appreciate the work that’s being done, and also just so they know where their food is coming from.” They know how it’s processed and harvested and what it takes,” Harris said.
The grant money enables them to purchase specific agricultural literacy teaching materials.
“First, second and third have it once a week. They always have… they want it every day. That’s what we often hear: we can’t wait to have Ag Tech! But it’s all still practical, so I think some of that with these younger students is really important for them to do rather than see,” Harris said.
“So we had drugs, so vaccines. We were talking about oral news. We had bandages, so wounds, we had sutures, as well as stethoscopes to listen,” Harris said.
“What do you hear?” “My heart…”
“What do you hear?” “I hear my heart…”
“I was doing the vaccination station,” said Stephanie Phinney with AmeriCorp Idaho. “We decided that the best way to show the children, our student hands, is that the syringes, without needles, those which are curved are the most pointed. We could scoop a cup of water into a sponge, and then they could put the imaginary vaccine into the sponge to simulate that they were giving a vaccine to a sheep. And we do a unit of sheep but incorporate that it’s for any animal, whether it’s a cat, dog, horse, etc. said Phinney.
“And then the other station set up was kind of a free play station just to kind of explore the farming activities that we have for them to explore,” Harris said. “They learn how to take care of the cattle and how the farmers take them, then we move on to the fiber part of our project next week. But we focused on farm to table with elementary students. So they followed Felicia, it was through the dairy cow adoption program,” Harris said.
“Felicia is a cow that we learned and adopted,” Elias said.
“She’s a heifer and she’s also a Holstein cow,” Roslyn said.
“And we can see its growth,” Elis said.
“You learn all about the different types of farming, farming, and animals, don’t you?”
“No-huh. Basically like cows, lambs and horses,” Adamari said.
They also work to dispel common myths like cows having four stomachs.
“We created a kind of marble course by hand, if you will, but it had the four compartments of a ruminant stomach. So they had to move every four marbles to really understand that it’s four compartments, not four stomachs. So kind of beating those myths but also allowing them to learn first hand about how animals live and how we take care of them,” Harris said.
“Just to make a connection, instead of just being at the grocery store with their parents, they see eggs coming in a carton. They don’t understand that it actually came from a chicken from a carton farm in the store,” Phinney said. “So really getting that at a young age so that by the time they get older they appreciate and respect it more and what it takes and that entails getting our food from farm to table “, said Phinney.
“Some units will be crop and commodity based next year,” Harris said. “This year, it’s fiber, so on the way the wool samples. They will actually be able to spin it from the wick. We have bottle goats that will probably be on campus for our field day and maybe a furry sheep as we move through this fiber unit. We will have a wheat mill to grind wheat grains. Hopefully, as this program continues to grow, they will be able to be accurate and fair in this knowledge of how agricultural science plays with the rest of all other science and technology, engineering and the mathematics in which we specialize in our school. .
Every school should have an ag for primary. These elementary students, this foundational knowledge is really key to growing students and becoming great citizens, who think about the bigger picture,” Harris said.