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Pennsylvania Ag Lab visits Tamaqua elementary school

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 2nd graders Bryce Bieber, 7, and Jessica Stackhouse, 7, work together to figure out what level of damage various environments can have on agriculture.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 2nd graders Bryce Bieber, 7, and Jessica Stackhouse, 7, work together to figure out what level of damage various environments can have on agriculture.
Published January 25. 2013 05:02PM

The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a division of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), spent every weekday this week bringing agriculture education to Tamaqua Elementary School.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab, which visit was sponsored by the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, created an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture (Pennsylvania's number one industry) in a fun and hands-on way.

"With fewer children having a tie to farming, we created the Ag Lab to help teachers educate more students about the importance of agriculture," said PFB President Carl T. Shaffer.

While stationed at the back of the school, classes worked together to perform science experiments learns about topics ranging from farm, food, fiber and the environment. Mobile Lab, which is equipped with all the materials and supplies needed for the experiments, routinely visits area schools and is coordinated with the preparation of teachers and their classes for the science experiments. A certified teacher travels with the lab to lead each class in the science experiments. Some experiments taught in the lab included: germinating seeds under different conditions, creating crayons from soybeans, and testing the water capacity of different soils.

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