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Science Teachers Encouraged to Sign Up Early for Kansas Corn’s Seed to STEM Workshop

S2SgroupKMweb2FEB 1, 2017–The Kansas Corn Commission is doubling its popular Seed to STEM summer workshops for science teachers in 2017. Two summer workshops will give more middle and high school teachers the opportunity to learn the science behind corn. The workshops will be held June 8-9 at Lawrence High School, Lawrence, and June 12-13 at Maize South High School, Wichita. In addition to lessons and lab experiments about GMOs and ethanol, participants will tour a farm and an ethanol plant and each participant will walk away with $500 in lab materials. Signups for first-time Seed to STEM participants will begin in February. Each location is capped at 35 participants and Kansas Corn Commission Educational Curriculum Manager Sharon Thielen encourages teachers to sign up early at seed2stem.org.

Bringing Ethanol and Corn to the Kansas School Science Labs

FEB. 7, 2017–How productive would a chef be without a stove? Or a farmer without any seeds to plant? High school science and agricultural teachers across the state received new lab equipment thanks to an initiative started by the Kansas Corn Commission and Renew Kansas, the state’s ethanol association. Kansas Corn educational curriculum manager, Sharon Thielen says misconceptions surrounding ethanol weren’t being debunked in high school classrooms not because the curriculum wasn’t developed yet, but because many teachers just didn’t have the funding for lab supplies. The funding from Renew Kansas, an organization that represents individual ethanol producers across the state, allowed for two types of kits to be handed out: One for science teachers who participated in the Seed to Stem program, and one for agricultural science teachers.

Science teachers working through the Seed to STEM program with Kansas Corn received distillation units that will allow students to learn the process in which to take ground corn and turn it into ethanol. Thielen hopes that once students understand the process behind ethanol, it can open discussion for classrooms to talk about the questions brought up by consumers. Agricultural science teachers received kits for their Clean Smoke Lab curriculum, which included supplies that will help students compare the emissions from kerosene versus ethanol. This lab kit includes the fuels and all the equipment needed to burn those and test the emissions.

 

Educational Resources:

Corn takes many forms and gets used in many ways! This section includes resources for educators about corn production, processing and uses. Click on a folder to view more about that topic.

A New STEM Program for High School Science Teachers!
Discovering Farmland Grade 9-12 Resources
Kansas Corn Educational ResourcesKansas Corn’s Educational Resources features information on basic facts and information about how corn is grown and used in Kansas and around the world.
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

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