ALBANY — New York Agriculture in the Classroom, the New York State Maple Foundation, and the New York State Maple Association are excited to share the open registration of the fourth annual Schoolyard Sugaring Maple Syrup Contest. This contest promotes learning by giving teachers and students applied experiences through turning sap into syrup by participating in every step of the maple syrup production process from tapping the trees to bottling the syrup. Schools in grades Pre-K through 12 will compete to earn up to $250 for their classroom with their submitted syrup sample, and teachers should register their classrooms by February 14, 2020.
The Schoolyard Sugaring contest is open to Pre-K through 12th grade classes in New York State by registering their classroom in the Elementary, Middle School, or High School divisions. Multiple classrooms from the same school are eligible to participate.
Each classroom will receive a maple starter kit and an empty pint jug to fill with their syrup and return for judging. The maple starter kit is designed for schools that may not have the necessary resources to access maple sugaring supplies. Included in this kit will be bags for collecting sap, galvanized aluminum sap bag holders, aluminum spouts, a tapping bit, a hydrometer, and a hydrometer test cup. This kit is a $120 value and will provide all the essential items students will need to tap trees and collect sap this year, and many years to come.
Schools will also be paired, by request, with a local maple syrup producer who will mentor the students through the sugaring process by either visiting their classrooms or inviting them to their sugarbush. In this hands-on experience, students will be exposed to careers in maple production and got a sense of the unpredictability the industry faces each year.
Each entry will be judged by a panel of experts for sugar content, clarity, color, and taste. The first-place classroom in each division will receive $250, co-sponsored by New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York State Maple Foundation. Additionally, a photography contest will be held concurrently and the classroom with the best submitted photograph in each division will win $50.
For more information about the Schoolyard Sugaring contest or to register a classroom, visit the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org/ny. New York Agriculture in the Classroom is a partnership of Cornell University, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and New York Farm Bureau. New York Agriculture in the Classroom fosters an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our food and fiber system.
–New York Agriculture in the Classroom
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