MA Ag classroom conf. Feb 11 to include renewable workshop.

Submitted by Shawn and Marybeth
2006-01-29 12:45:50

Annual Massachusetts Agriculture in the Clasroom Conference
Saturday, February 11, 2006 9 am to 3:30 pm
Baird Middle School
Ludlow, Massachusetts

Titled "Growing Minds Through Massachusetts Agriculture," the conference offers offers educational and networking resources, activitiy ideas and framework connections that can facilitate and enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom teachers alike and help bring agriculture to the classroom.

This year’s conference will feature a choice of four concurrent workshops during each session throughout the day. Each workshop will be taught by a school teacher or a teacher working together with a farmer. Workshops will offer specific background and activities for either elementary, middle or high school level. Topics will include: bees and pollination; chickens and eggs; gardening; insects; aquaculture; plant propagation; new technologies; nutrition; botany; fibers and feathers; agricultural economics; farm machines and innovations, and more.

Details on RE workshop:
9:00 - 10:10 ---- Workshop Session 1 (Concurrent sessions, choose one of 4 workshops)
Workshop 2: Teaching About Alternative Energy
The Renewable Energy Trust (RET) offers a number of classroom resources for K-12 teachers and also offers workshops and grants for teachers and students. Marybeth Campbell of the RET will review available programs and resources related to Renewable energies such as solar, photovoltaics, hydro and wind power. She will also offer resources on green buildings and climate change. Then we'll try out a couple of hands-on activities suitable for middle and high school classrooms.

Don’t miss this day of discussion, interaction and opportunities for exploring new ideas for your Massachusetts classroom. The $45 fee ($40 for early registrations received by December 31st) includes all workshops, lunch, materials and 10 pdp’s with a related classroom activity.

Advanced Registration fee: for the full day, including lunch, is $45.
Registration on the day of the Conference: $50 (Subject to space availability.)
Exhibitor fee: $50. (An 8 by 10 foot table will be supplied; exhibitors should be set up no later than 8:30 a.m.)

Professional Development Points: 10 PDPs are available for those who attend the full day conference, carry out a related classroom activity, and send in a brief report of their experience.
For More Information: call Debi Hogan at 508-336-4426 with your questions.

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