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Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Hosting STEM Coordinators- Including an Oklahoman- In Nashville

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:31:15 CST

Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Hosting STEM Coordinators- Including an Oklahoman- In Nashville The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced the science, technology, engineering and mathematics coordinators selected for its On the Farm STEM Experience March 28-30 in Nashville, Tennessee, immediately prior to the National Science Teachers Association annual convention. The event is funded by the Beef Checkoff.

Oklahoma has one of the twenty applicants who have been selected to receive a $2,000 stipend plus room, meals, tour transportation and all materials to attend the event. More than 200 coordinators applied for the event. Theresa Balan of Moore, Oklahoma has been selected to go to Nashville at the end of March for the training.

Other coordinators selected include Andrea Weinberg, Fort Collins, Colorado; Andrea Russo, Johnston, Rhode Island; Annmargareth Marousky, Sunrise, Florida; Denise Johnson, Houston, Texas; Do-Yong Park, Bloomington, Illinois; Glendar Haskin, Altadena, California; Hollie Rogers, Orange City, Florida; Jeanne Okrasinski, Charleston, Illinois; Kendra Renae Pullen, Shreveport, Louisiana; Kimberly Robertson, Lancaster, Texas; Lacy Cleveland, Greeley, Colorado; Leslie Prudhomme, Windsor, Massachusetts; Lisa Brightman, Edinboro, Pennsylvania; Lisa Rigogliosi, Oakdale, New York; Marla Broy, Chicago, Illinois; Mindy Pearson, Brandon, Florida; Patty McGinnis, Eagleville, Pennsylvania; Rachel Jensen, Augusta, Georgia and Ryan Rasar, Henderson, Nevada.

The focus of the training will be life on cattle ranches. Exploring ways to effectively teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics with valuable information about food and nutrition will be a highlight.

Science curriculum coordinators are leaders at the district level who influence professional development and training for classroom science teachers. This event seeks to provide coordinators with real-world experience connecting science to the beef industry. As part of the experience, leaders will visit beef production facilities, meet beef producers, interact directly with beef animals, and have access to Foundation education consultants to help explore the connections between STEM and beef production.

The Beef Checkoff Program funded development of this training and supporting resources.



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