Founded in 1996, the National Ag Science Center has developed and evolved programs with partners from the Stanislaus community, the ag industry, and educational institutions. Our guiding principal has been to facilitate conversations about the resources we have and how they can help prepare students to successfully enter careers in ag and ag related fields.

In 2011, Ag In Motion was launched. AIM, a mobile classroom reches every seventh and eighth grade classroom in Stanislaus and south San Joaquin counties, delivering innovative science and agriculture curricula. As of school year 2016 - 2017, we are expanding our scope to include a partnership with CSU, Stanisluas which sends AgScience Ambassadors into third and fourth grade classrooms.

Summer 2017 brings an enhanced Summer C.A.M.P. experience for students as we partner with Modesto Junior College and the Great Valley Museum offering four-day long science experiences for kindergarten through 6th grade students. In creating collaborative partnerships, we hope to build a network of resources that can be accessed from the NASC to meet education, industry and community needs.

Meet The Team!

Our team is dedicated to bringing about our mission and vision to life while we continue to grow our programs, events and base of support. We look forward to getting to know our community!

Emily headshot

Dr. Emily Lawrence
Executive Director

Dr. Emily Lawrence worked in the education sector for 25 years. In 2016 she took on the role of Director at the National Ag Science Center. Dr. Lawrence sees this as a natural progression of her career as her career in education focused on working statewide with Career Technical Education and student pathways, and now to the NASC which works towards engaging students in agriculture and science.

Kane_Katrina Bio photo

Katrina Kane
Administrative Coordinator

Katrina graduated from CSU, Stanislaus with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is thrilled to use her analytical and organization skills in this role as she works to advance ag science education. Katrina grew up in the Central Valley, where both of her grandfathers worked in ag, so she knows first-hand the importance of this industry to our community.

Katelyn Lawson bio pic

Katelynn Lawson
Mobile Lab & Curriculum Coordinator

While growing up in the Central Valley, Katelynn has been immersed in agriculture. She enjoys agvocating and teaching the importance of ag. After recently earning her B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Stanislaus, Katelynn is excited to start a new venture working with the students of Stanislaus County through AIM.