Seed to STEM Program
The Kansas Corn Commission (KCC) invests in the future by providing summer workshops and lab supplies for science teachers so teachers can bring lessons based on biotechnology and ethanol to the classroom.
Are you a middle school or high school science teacher looking for new and engaging labs to use in your classroom? Are you looking for labs that meet the Next Generation Science Standards with agriculture being the main focus of the lesson?
New this summer teachers have the option to choose between a middle school and high school track as part of the Seed to STEM summer workshop. Each teacher will practice fourteen labs and/or activities that they can use in the classroom to help students learn the role agriculture plays in science.
And wait, there’s more! The workshop includes a farm and field visit, an industry dinner and a field trip to an ethanol plant. In addition every teacher will receive $500 worth of free lab resources, plus all on-site expenses paid. Graduate credit will also be available at a cost to the participant.
New updated Seed to STEM labs will be available for the first time in June. Depending on which track a teacher chooses, they can look forward to practicing labs focused on: corn exploration, corn fermentation, ethanol distillation, pipetting skills, plasmid modeling, GFP, soil, nutrient testing, DNA extraction, GMOs, DNA sentencing, weather, etc.
Due to high demand of this program, participants will be selected based on the quality of their application. Applications are due no later than April 24th at 8:00 a.m. As you complete the application please make sure to mark the conference dates on your calendar. Final confirmation that you have been selected will be April 27th. Forty teachers will be selected for each workshop date.
Due to Kansas Corn Commission’s financial commitment to the attendees, those selected are required to attend the entire workshop from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Day 1 and 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Day 2.
- Greg Krissek, Kansas Corn CEO
There truly is an amazing amount of science involved in corn farming today, especially in regard to biotechnology and ethanol. We want to get high school teachers and their students energized about the role science plays in agriculture. Through workshops, classroom resources and this website, we are investing in science education in schools.
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