The public outreach campaign from Grain Farmers of Ontario has launched a 10-week science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-program based curriculum for Grade 3 Ontario classrooms.
Through Good in Every Grain, teachers can access “Farming STEMterprise,” a free teaching resource based on Ontario grain farming in coordination with the Ontario elementary school curriculum.
The weekly lesson plans and activities make use of several skill sets as they lead students through growing grain seeds in their classroom, conducting a market survey of existing granola bars, creating their own nutritious granola bars to meet consumer/student needs, marketing, designing sustainable packaging and selling their product at a “farm store.”
“Supporting teachers is a huge priority for us. We know how much work is being done to help Ontario’s children grow and learn. We also recognize that teaching agriculture can be daunting if you are not a farmer or working in the industry. STEMterprise is a great program for aligning agricultural knowledge and experiences with the current teaching curriculum. We hope students enjoy this 10-week program and feel more connected to their food and farming,” says Victoria Berry, manager of communications for Grain Farmers of Ontario
The Farming STEMterprise program was originally created by the National Farmers Union United Kingdom (NFU U.K.) and brings agriculture into the classroom in a fun and exciting way for students and teachers alike.