Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder with the Plants for Human Health Institute, is taking the lead on a project that engages students and teachers from high schools in Rowan County, North Carolina. The project seeks to bring science and math concepts alive through agriculture. Students are taking a leap from their textbooks to hands-on learning at an outdoor laboratory with access to world-class researchers. It’s an exciting mix of commitment, cooperation and creativity when it comes to the project partners: N.C. State University at the N.C. Research Campus, high schools in Rowan County and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station.
View the video to learn more about this program that highlights what scientists do in the realm of agricultural research while involving students in production-based educational programming. Project coordinators believe they have created a model for schools across the state and nation.