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Midland FFA Visit Fifth Grades


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit

Midland FFA Visit Fifth Grades

Pictured above: Midland fifth grade teacher, Betsy Wilkinson looks on as Hannah Meffert gives another unknown powder to the students.

“Science in the Shopping Cart” was the title of Midland FFA’s recent lesson taught to Henry and Midland fifth grade classrooms.  FFA members visited each fifth grade class in Henry Senachwine and Midland schools.  This opportunity is arranged by University of Illinois Extension Marshall Putnam Ag in the Classroom. Their objective was to help students understand how agriculture research is an important part of their lives.  From seedless grapes to designs on t-shirts, students were introduced to various familiar products of ag research.  From there, the high school students led the fifth graders through an experiment on absorption and saturation. Students tested five different white powders to see how well they absorbed water. One of the powders was super slurper, invented at an ag research lab, using cornstarch as a base. It can absorb 2000x its weight and is now used commercially in many ways.  This activity gave the high school students an opportunity to practice leadership skills as well as share their knowledge of agriculture.  Midland FFA is part of a national organization for high school students interested in agriculture and leadership skills. Students participate in variety of local, regional, and state activities that exposes them to many career opportunities. For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


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