Recently, the Nutrients for Life Foundation released the “Plant Nutrients on the Farm” station activity. This ready-to-implement station provides an interactive opportunity for farms to showcase crop nutrients’ important role in growing healthy crops. For $750, farms hosting field trips receive a magnetized board, scripts, image magnets, and hat props, plus become members of the Foundation.
“Plant Nutrients on the Farm” station activity encourages lessons about crop nutrients to be included on farm field trips across the nation. Farms host educational field trips from a few hundred to over 30,000 students each year. During the activity, students refer to the 8-foot-long magnetized board, which shows a colorful vignette of a farm. Students listen to the exciting presentation given by a farm employee and place various image magnets on the board. For example, while examining crop nutrients, students locate a nutrient deficient pumpkin on the board and decide which nutrient the plant needs.
Students then add the nutrient magnet to the board and place a healthy pumpkin magnet over the diseased pumpkin. Students also learn about technology in agriculture and review the fundamentals of water and sunlight.
“We hope this exciting resource provides a fun and simple way to enhance any farm field trip operation and shows students the essential role of soil nutrients and the positive affect those nutrients have on our planet,” says Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “Teachers are requiring more science on their field trips, and this STEM-based resource is a great solution for farmers who want more real world science lessons. Nutrients play an extremely critical role in all our lives and this new resource highlights what it takes to grow our food.”
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