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Engineer a Vertical Farm

vertical garden class projectStudents in grades 6 to 8 explore food production problems related to population growth and then engineer a model vertical farm as a potential solution in a fictional community, Greentown, culminating with a presentation to the imaginary city’s “legislators.”

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Ripening Fruit in Space

spaceship shaped like appleIn this NASA activity, students in grades 1-8 learn about the challenges of space nutrition and designing food packaging by observing, measuring, comparing, and contrasting the ripening of fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of chemical treatments to inhibit ripening.

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BioEnergy Workshop for STEM Teachers

switchgrassBiofuels and other interdisciplinary energy topics are the subject of free “train the trainer” workshops for STEM and agriculture teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program. The central New York workshop runs from July 27 – 30, with a Washington, D.C., workshop from August 10 – 13.

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