Program Coordinator, Ag Literacy, Rock Island County
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
What is AITC?
Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide educational program. Its goal is to help educators, students and the general population gain a greater awareness of the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.
The Rock Island County AITC program uses agriculture as a medium to teach social studies, language arts, math and science. Students learn about agriculture as they are learning their other lessons. By using agricultural products and animals that are familiar to children, such as pigs, soybeans, corn or cows, new information and ideas will be more meaningful to students and easier to understand. The importance of agriculture in their everyday life is the motivation for learning. Educators can use examples from agriculture to make lessons more interesting and relevant to students. AITC is a wonderful program for teachers and students to achieve their classroom objectives as well as meet the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.