COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Ag in the Classroom was selected as a recipient of a Duke Energy Foundation grant that supports South Carolina K-12 education programs focused on summer reading loss, STEM and experiential learning. More than $340,000 in funding was awarded to programs around the state.
The Ag in the Classroom grant will go to fund the use of the Mobile Learning Lab at select schools in the Duke Energy service area. The lab will bring agriculture to the classroom without the challenges of taking an actual field trip.
“I know from my time in the classroom that field trips often create an unnecessary burden on teachers. I am so excited that this grant will help us bring the farm to the school and will give us more opportunities to reach students through hands-on learning experiences in our mobile learning lab.” Tracy Miskelly, Director of Ag in the Classroom
Students who visit the lab will learn about important South Carolina commodities and how many of them go from the field to their plate. The lessons are aligned to state learning standards, so students are able to apply math, science, English and social studies principles to agriculture. And students will see first-hand the importance of agriculture in providing food, fuel and fiber.
“South Carolina Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom are excited about the possibilities the partnership with Duke Energy brings. This will give our rural communities and schools the ability to experience the mobile learning lab and see first-hand all that South Carolina agriculture encompasses.” Harry Ott, SCFB President.
The Mobile Learning Lab is set to debut at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. For more information contact Tracy Miskelly, director of SC Ag in the Classroom.
–South Carolina Farm Bureau