Bringing agricultural science to more than 100,000 students for over 5 years!
Ag In Motion (AIM) made its debut as the only mobile agricultural science laboratory in California on August 29, 2011 at Prescott Senior Elementary in Modesto. Over 400 seventh graders had hands-on science experiences that day learning about and exploring the parts of a bug’s mouth. In the first 5 weeks 2,800 students were served at over 10 schools. To date every middle school in Stanislaus County has a scheduled visit in AIM. We at the NASC are proud to have shared our innovative and unique agricultural science programming with more than 100,000 students over the past 5 years.
AIM was conceptualized by the NASC Board of Directors and staff in 2010 with the goal of constructing a mobile laboratory classroom to bring agricultural science to middle schools. The vision including developing lesson plans to meet middle school science standards while engaging and informing students about the many and varied careers in ag and ag related industries. Diligently they worked to bring their vision to life and the concept evolved into AIM; a 53-foot tractor trailer which was transformed into a high-tech science lab.
Lesson plans are shared by our engaging and skilled Mobile Lab and Curriculum Coordinator. Students enthusiastically participate in the lab experiments, complete and submit their lab notebooks for grading. Schools are able to choose their own laboratory lesson from the following options: bug mouthparts – form and function; light – photosynthesis and colors and chromatography; strawberry DNA extraction; seed disbursal and developing a dichotomous key. Teachers have praised the Ag In Motion program for its attention to detail, standards-based lessons, hands-on approach and the opportunity to expand on the lessons taught in the classroom.
“When are you coming back?!” “How can I do this at home?” This is the best feedback we receive from the students and we are honored that we have been asked to return to sites time and again. As our programs continue to grow and expand we look forward to reaching more counties in the Central Valley. This year we will bring AIM to a few sites in Hilmar and San Joaquin. We look forward to continuing to share innovative agricultural science with middle schools in the Central Valley!