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What is Kansas Corn STEM?

Kansas corn farmers understand that teachers can be both short on time and resources to make learning happen. This is why they decided to work with teachers to create lessons that follow Next Generation Science Standards and use corn as the real-life example. These lessons help students understand different academic concepts while learning about the impact corn and agriculture has on their life. Learn more below about the opportunities we offer such as; lessons for elementary students, middle school and high school science lessons, Breakout Box lessons, educator professional development workshops and CASE training and supplies all of this offered free to teachers.

Opportunities for Educators and Students

Learn more about the units created for each grade level K-12, the professional development training we offer free to teachers and our continued support for students through college.

 

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Elementary Educators

Kansas Corn Lead Educators have developed units for each grade level. These units utilize inquiry-based learning methods; the lessons are brought to life through the example of corn. Students enjoy the opportunity to make predictions and test out their theories. The materials and lesson plans needed for the each unit is provided by Kansas Corn STEM.

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Middle School and High School Educators

Kansas Corn Lead Teachers have developed units on a multitude of science topics. Through these units students learn about biology, chemistry, earth science and more through the example of corn. Teachers who have participated in the Seed to STEM training provided for free by Kansas Corn can request the materials needed for each unit.

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Agricultural Education

Learn about opportunities offered for agricultural instructors to become CASE Trained and receive materials for the Clean Smoke Lab and the Energy in Feed Lab.

Find out about the materials we provide for a booth activity, teacher bags or student bags.

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Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Elementary educators can take the “Plant a Seed” with Inquiry training along with applying to the Summer Soybean Science Institute.

Middle school and high school educators can apply for the Seed to STEM workshop.

The Breakout Box professional development is instructed by our Inquiry Ambassadors; educators learn how to engage their students through inquiry-based thinking.

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Ag Days and Community Events

Learn about the free materials you can request for your ag day event or other community events.

Find out about the materials we provide for a booth activity, teacher bags or student bags.

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College Students

Kansas Corn is dedicated to providing programs and opportunities for college students interested in careers in the corn industry. Learn more about the Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy, Next Generation Scholarships, Career Connections Program and how you can be a KCGA student member.

Why is Kansas Corn investing in education?

Why are farmers investing in education?

Farmers know how science and technology continue to improve their industry; advances in products such as tractors and seeds means farmers are able to grow more using less resources. Kansas corn farmers understand that teachers can be both short on time and resources to make learning happen. This is why they decided to work with teachers to create lessons that follow Next Generation Science Standards and use corn as the real-life example. These lessons help students understand different academic concepts while learning about the impact corn and agriculture has on their life. The lessons are easy to use and can be adapted for any classroom style, not to mention the lessons and supplies are free to teachers, all you have to do is request them!

What is Kansas Corn? 

Kansas Corn is both the Kansas Corn Commission and the Kansas Corn Growers Association.The Kansas Corn Commission is the check-off for corn in Kansas. The corn checkoff in Kansas is funded by corn farmers, each time they sell a bushel of corn 1 penny goes back to the Kansas Corn Commission. Funds from the check-off are used to invest in research, market development and education. The Kansas Corn Growers Association is a membership program for corn farmers that represents them in policy on a state and national level. The Kansas Corn Commission funds the Kansas Corn STEM education program, because our farmers are dedicated to investing in Kansas education.

From the farmers at the Kansas Corn Commission

Kansas Corn STEM

Excerpted from the 2018 KCC Annual Report published Jan. 2019. View the full report here.

KS-Corn-KCC-board-Ken-McCauley-image“Our corn-based science lessons reached over 20,000 students last year and this year will be even bigger. The commission’s K-12 Kansas Corn STEM program provides lessons and lab materials to help educators teach science with topics like corn, biotechnology and ethanol. The teachers we work with become more knowledgeable about corn and agriculture and can be positive advocates for us. We’re reaching teachers and students as well as parents and other across the state. Science and technology have provided many advances to corn farmers, and Kansas Corn is supporting a generation of future scientists.”

– Northeast Kansas Corn Commissioner, Ken McCauley, White Cloud

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