NASC Pilot Program launched in October 2016
In the fall of 2016, the NASC received a grant from Stanislaus Community Foundation Credit Bureau to implement the pilot program AgScience Ambassadors. The goals of this program are to bring additional hands-on agricultural science education experiences to 3rd and 4th graders, create opportunities for college students to gain teaching experience and career training, and to offer science lesson enrichment in the classroom.
In partnership with CSU, Stanislaus the AgScience Ambassadors pilot program launched in 3 school districts in the Central Valley. Six CSU, Stanislaus Education students gained valuable in-classroom experience sharing the Soil Autopsy Lab experiment with eager 3rd and 4th graders. Students are taught methods of inquiry, observation and draw conclusions based on the experiments performed. They learn how soil is created, what is it is comprised of and discuss how climate and environmental factors impact soil.
In the months of October, November and December our AgScience Ambassadors visited 12 classrooms impacting 268 students. We at the NASC are very grateful for this initial grant allowing us to develop and implement the program. Omega Nu Foundation and the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation have donated additional funding which enables the NASC to continue to bring this exciting programming into the classroom. The NASC vision is to continue to develop innovative programs like this to impact students at every step of their career path offering opportunities for a greater understanding the community they live in and the opportunities available to them in the Central Valley agricultural industry.