Georgia Ag Experience on the road and in the news
The Georgia Ag Experience (GAE), a 36-foot mobile classroom, hit the road in January and has been a huge success. The mobile ag classroom of the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) is working its way from South Georgia to North Georgia over the course of the year.
The GAE mobile classroom will spend approximately 75 days at Georgia elementary schools in 2021. To date, it has made 24 visits to 13 schools, reaching more than 2,000 students in grades 3 through 5.
Through the GAE, Georgia students are exposed to technology and digital learning for a deep dive into seven different Georgia agricultural commodities.
“This would not have been possible without the support of our donors and sponsors who contributed financially and those that were able to bring their commodities to life for this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity,” GFA Executive Director Lily Baucom said.
For more about the GAE’s generous sponsors, visit www.georgiaagexperience.org/partners/sponsors.cms. Sponsorship opportunities for the forestry station in the GAE mobile classroom are still available.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the forestry station, which includes video interaction, should contact Baucom at email@example.com or 478-405-3461.
Professors at The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences developed all of the GAE curriculum. The lesson plans meet Georgia educational standards and incorporate Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) teaching practices and will be updated periodically to keep pace with Georgia educational requirements and agricultural advancements. The foundation’s goal is to increase students’ knowledge of and foster a positive attitude toward Georgia agriculture.
By allowing children an opportunity to visit the farm without leaving the school, the GAE directly impacts children who would not typically have exposure to agriculture in their daily lives.
After a recent visit to the mobile classroom, Seminole County student Rylan Cook said, “Now I really think that I want to be a farmer.”
As the classroom rolls into town after town, it has attracted attention from local television stations and local newspapers coverage. For a look inside the classroom watch this recent news feature from WTVY News in Donalsonville. https://www.wtvy.com/2021/02/05/seminole-county-elemetary-school-students-go-on-a-trip-to-the-farm-without-leaving-school/. Visit https://www.georgiaagexperience.org/experience/news.cms to see other coverage of GAE school stops.
To help bring agriculture into the classroom with the GAE mobile classroom and other ag literacy programs, please make a donation to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture. https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_c0da93eb-7692-11e6-9d49-0a1b37ae639f&WidgetId=4020226.
Contact Baucom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-405-3461 for more information about the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture.