Discovery Ed, Nutrients for Life Partner on Virtual Agricultural STEM Field Trip

Discovery Education has partnered with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to offer a virtual field trip designed to look at STEM topics through the technologies and science associated with planting and harvesting seasons.

The field trip will be hosted live April 23 at 1 pm EST from Bomke's Farm and is part of a larger collaborative between the organizations, "From the Ground up: The Science of Soil."

"Designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the important role science and soil nutrients play in agriculture, this collaboration explores the connections between soil nutrients, plants and crops," according to a news release. "During this live event, Brian Bomke, owner and operator of Bomke's Farm, will share how he utilizes critical thinking skills to make decisions during the spring planting season based on the fall harvest. Additionally, students will get an in-depth look at the various technologies used on the Bomke Farm, allowing them to make connections between STEM concepts they are learning in the classroom and real-world careers in today's agricultural industry."

In addition to the field trip, the organizations will provide support materials such as interactive lesson plans, digital explorations, agricultural career profiles and bilingual family activities.

"I am excited to integrate this virtual field trip into our classroom lessons as a way to highlight critical thinking skills and the real-world application of science and technology," said Patti Grammens, science teacher at Lakeside Middle School, in a prepared statement. "An event like this will provide my students the unique opportunity to explore STEM concepts in the context of real-world careers and make connections from our classroom to everyday life."

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