Once again Ag in the Classroom — Manitoba will seize the opportunity to open a few eyes to the interesting world of agriculture at Ag Days.
Once again they’ll be hosting the Manitoba Ag Days Adventure for middle school students at the event in the Keystone Centre.
This year’s theme, “Think Global — Act Local” is a perfect fit for the show’s overall theme, which is innovation and technology, show organizers say.
AITC-M takes the program very seriously and seeks out exhibitors looking to grow and develop the minds of our next generation.
First, students will be given a perspective on global issues through their participation in the ‘world game’ where they model the world’s population and experience the idea of ratio and proportion.
They also examine global land population, distribution and density, as well as the similarities and differences in agriculture production and agriculture imports and exports.
Then as part of a team, the students from mostly local and surrounding schools from across the province, discover the importance of our local agriculture industry by going on an “ag hunt” to learn information about agriculture and agriculture careers from participating booths at Manitoba Ag Days in the Keystone Centre.
“It fits really well into the Grade 7 and 8 Manitoba school curriculum and is such a great partnership with Manitoba Ag Days,” says Sue Clayton, executive director, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.
“Funding from the Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back community giving program is instrumental in AITC-M being able to deliver this program and offset some of the schools’ transportation costs. The feedback from students and teachers is always positive and we have a wait list every year.”
Clayton also stressed the organization relies on volunteers from Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness diploma, the Manitoba Ag Days board and exhibitors to run the “flagship” program every year at the show.