MANHATTAN, Kan. — On February 2, 2019 the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University will host a day of discovery for high school students interested in exploring the world of grains and how they can be a path toward a fulfilling career.
The Feed Your Future event is intended to be a fun day of hands-on activities that demonstrate various aspects of milling grain into flour, baking a variety of confections, and production of animal foods for pets and livestock. The event will offer prospective students an opportunity to experience a wide variety of grain food topics in an engaging and fun environment. The efforts will be led by current K-State students in grain science along with aid from faculty and staff.
Head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry, Gordon Smith, says “this event provides students looking for a unique major a better understanding of the things that they enjoy eating. The industry continually asks us for more grain science graduates, so it’s important to expose prospective students to the career opportunities in the grain science field.”
After creating a number of grain-based foods and feed in the labs, the students will tour the larger scale production facilities on campus. At the culmination of the day, students will also be part of judging competitions to critique commercial product quality and to score the creativity of their cohorts. There will also be an awards ceremony and ice cream social. Faculty, staff, and students will be available to visit about majors, courses, scholarships, and general campus life.
Joanna Farmer, agriculture teacher at Wichita Southeast High School brought her students to the 2018 event.
“Our school attended this event to explain to students that agriculture is more than cows and plows,” Farmer said. “Our school has brought a group up before to visit the extrusion lab and they really enjoyed it, so I knew this would be a good experience for them as well.”
For additional information and to register for the event all students, parents, and guidance counselors are encouraged to contact Brenda Heptig at email@example.com or call her at 785-532-4051.
Save the date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 for the Grain Science Day: Feed Your Future career discovery event.
— IGP Institute, Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
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