Farm Academy Live
Farm Academy Live offers classrooms virtual field trips to farms using interactive video conference technology. Trusted by teachers since 2009, 100,000 students across 33 states and four countries have benefited from this program. This 40-minute virtual tour of a farm teaches plant and animal science in-line with national science standards. The experience is enhanced by offering students the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities like ginning cotton by hand and mixing a feed ration for a dairy cow.
Farm Academy exposes students to career opportunities in agriculture regardless of where they live. Our programs create a connection between the science and technology of agriculture and the science and technology of everyday life. This connection is designed to ignite a passion for science in areas most central to the child’s life: food, agriculture and the environment.
Technology is changing the classroom, and we are developing new content to meet this demand. Our programs include apps, games, videos and other activities that engage students while demonstrating farming practices, all while meeting kids where they are: on their devices.
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Farm Academy Live reaches up to 25,000 students per year through video conferencing, but our goal is to significantly increase that reach. PLANT launched three initiatives for 2018, including the production of a library of on-demand videos that use agricultural principles to teach STEM curriculum. Beyond teaching scientific concepts, these videos encourage students to consider careers in agriculture. Our videos will follow a “create once, use many” model, allowing content to live online forever at a cost of pennies per student.
In order to successfully produce the below initiatives, PLANT must raise a minimum of $340,000. However, production will begin as soon as the first dollar is secured. Once a video is produced, it will be made available to students around the world through the internet at no cost, and will live on forever.
Every donation takes us one step closer to developing valuable virtual science and agricultural content to students in classrooms and through their personal devices. Please consider making a contribution today.