DuPont Agriscience Institute

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The DuPont Agriscience Institute includes professional development for agriscience teachers held during Teachers’ World at National FFA Convention and at the NAAE Convention each year. The Institute offers professional development sessions focusing primarily on inquiry-based agriscience instruction. The Institute also emphasizes literacy and common core instruction as part of agricultural education.

Each Institute workshop session is presented by a team of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors who were trained through the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA).

2017 DuPont Agriscience Institute Offerings

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program
Room 143, ICC
(NAPTP participants only)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Chicken Little, Chicken Big
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Come discover how to help your students gain a better understanding of the use of vitamins and supplements in growing livestock. This interactive lab puts the learning in the hands of the students using chicken production as the main concept, although it can be related to both animals and plants.

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10:30-11:45 a.m.
Afterburn:  Are Biofuels Cleaner than Fossil Fuels?
DuPont tions!Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
There are many burning questions about food vs fuel – and ethanol is top of list.  Are biofuels cleaner for the environment than conventional fuels?  Compare ethanol to jet fuel in this hands-on exploration and data collection that will answer those burning questions!

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1:30-2:45 p.m.
Investigating Lactose: Does Milk Do EVERY “BODY” Good?
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Enhance your current dairy foods unit or food science class with this simple milk test.  Learn how to use inquiry to get your students thinking about lactose intolerance and how it effects the world.  This activity will enhance the science of food and give your students an opportunity to learn through hands-on applications.

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 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Photosynthesis & Respiration – It’s a Plant’s Life!
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Help your students sprout and grow with a different approach to teaching photosynthesis and respiration.  Learn how to captivate students through inquiry activities that will challenge and excite them.  Easily implement activities into your current horticulture or plant science class.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Survey Says!  The Public’s Perceptions of Agriculture
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Today’s public have many misconceptions about their food and agriculture.  Unless we know what these misconceptions are and why they have them, we can’t solve it!  In this activity, students will be surveying ‘the public’ about their perceptions of agriculture – all in your classroom.

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10:30-11:45 a.m.
Power Up Agriculture with Solar Energy
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Come explore how photovoltaic cells can be used to improve agriculture and food security across the globe.  Grab your students’ attention with this fun hands-on activity that really powers their brains.  A great activity that can relate to all parts of your AFNR curriculum.

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1:30-2:45 p.m.
Vet Tech Urine Checks
DuPont Agriscience Institute -  Room 143, ICC
Come explore the role of vet techs and how they protect animal’s health through conducting basic urinalysis tests.  This simple activity walks your students through a hands-on simulation of five common procedures.  A great activity that can be used to enhance your vet science course and CDE. 

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3:00-4:15 p.m.
Put on your Gardening “Genes”
DuPont Agriscience Institute - Room 143, ICC
Help your students understand the genetics behind gardening and corn production with this hands on activity.   Allow your students to take charge of their learning and help a gardener create the corn they want… You’ll be so excited, you’ll wet your plants!

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