American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Reaches Young Learners at 'Thingamajig' Event
WASHINGTON D.C., July 27, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture hosted an agricultural-based workshop for children at the 21st annual YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Nearly 4,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the Foundation's "living plant necklace" workshop, where they learned that seeds need water, soil and sunlight to grow. The students then made their own necklaces with bean seeds to take home and watch sprout.
Students learn about the things a seed needs to grow while making their own living seed necklace to take home at the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture's exhibit at the YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention.
“Seeing the excitement on kids’ faces when they were creating their living plant necklace was my favorite thing,” said Julie Tesch, executive director for the Foundation. “This was the first time many of these students handled a seed and learned how it grows into a plant and eventually ends up on their dinner table.”
Agriculture is a great way to apply science to everyday life and get students excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. From biotechnologists to agricultural engineers, agriculture offers many career opportunities to students. With more jobs currently open than there are candidates to fill them, educating youth about careers in agriculture is vital to the continual growth of the industry.
“Events like these are where we have a remarkable impact on urban education,” Tesch said. “Many students in densely populated urban areas have very little to no exposure to how their food grows.” The YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention is a STEM festival featuring workshops, challenges and exhibits for students in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area.