Connecting Science and Agriculture
PLANT launched Farm Academy in 2009 to create a connection between the science and technology of agriculture and the science and technology of everyday life for kids. This relationship allows students to think critically about agricultural issues. Farm Academy programs lead to a future where students see opportunities in agricultural careers, becoming the innovators of tomorrow and solving problems facing farming.
Technology as a Tool
Farm Academy utilizes high-tech educational tools including interactive video conference, iPad apps, and streaming videos. These programs meet the needs of teachers in a rapidly changing tech-focused classroom environment. Our programs are designed to meet science standards for grades K-8 and career exposure for grades 9-12.
Farm Academy Programs
Farm Academy Live
Farm Academy Live provides virtual field trips to farms using interactive video conference technology. These fifty minute tours teach plant and animal science while meeting national science standards. The experience is made interactive by offering hands on activities to the students like ginning cotton by hand and mixing a feed ration for a dairy cow.
What teachers are saying
"As our town is agriculturally based, the content was very relative to many of the students whose families farm or ranch or run diaries. The other students learned more about an animal and the care that goes into it, as well as the production of our food."
Amy Barnes & Jan Hardisty
"This hits so many standards that we teach in third grade in Social Studies and Science. I try to do these same things through the AIMS materials and had success. But it was so much more interesting to talk to the people who work with the cotton each and every day. It was great."
Ronni Farrell & Susan Ramsey
"I appreciated greatly the presenter’s understanding of her audiences’ age. She taught them in an appropriate manner (6 year olds). The program had a variety of presentations- pictures, videos, and hands on components. This was the best IDL I have been a part of."
The PLANT Foundation is currently implementing three new initiatives. These programs will expand on the success of Farm Academy Live by providing greater access to more students, teachers, and parents throughout the United States. Programs include: