ABOUT

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!

We have a nimble team of two full-time and two part-time staff. Our team is dedicated to bringing our mission and vision to life while continuing to grow our programs, events and base of support. We look forward to getting to know you!

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Dr. Emily Lawrence
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.

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Lucy Jaska
Administrative Coordinator

Born and raised in Texas, Lucy has lived in California for thirty-two years.  As an outside sales rep she learned the discipline of working independently.  As an office manager she refined the ability to work for and with a diverse group of individuals.  Lucy has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and is continuing her education with eight more classes until the next degree.

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Christine Bays
Mobile Lab & Curriculum Coordinator

 Christine Bays knows first-hand what it means to be in the ag industry as she grew up on a farm in Patterson, CA. Her family farms apricots, almonds, walnut, tomatoes, lima beans, and cantaloupe. Christine graduated from CSU, Chico with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science. This is Christine's first year working with the students of Stanislaus County in AIM, the mobile classroom.

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Edie Nehls
Deputy Director

Edie recently transplanted to Northern California from San Diego, CA. Edie has worked in the non-profit arts sector for 24 years, and was thrilled to work with esteemed organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. When not at NASC, you can find Edie teaching Yoga & Nia around town.