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Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom teaches Dawson County students about the importance of agriculture in Georgia

This week, the Georgia Ag Experience Mobile Classroom visited Dawson County to teach school system students about the importance of agriculture in Georgia and the potential jobs the agricultural sector offers.

Dawson County third graders will learn about Georgia’s agriculture through fun, interactive and hands-on activities at the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom that visited the district on September 22nd.
– Photo by Erica Jones

The Georgia Ag Experience is a program run by the Georgia Agriculture Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the Department of Agriculture, according to Virginia Fulwood, state educator for the Georgia Agriculture Foundation. Georgia Ag Experience mobile classrooms travel throughout Georgia to teach agriculture to students in public and private schools throughout the state.

“(This week) the kids in Dawson County are learning that the #1 business in Georgia is farming. What that means is that when the kids get older, there will be more jobs in the farm,” Fulwood said. No chance.”

The Georgia Ag Experience targets grades 3, 4 and 5, but each school system chooses its own schedule when mobile classrooms are in the district, she said. The Dawson County school system has elected all of her third graders in the district to visit the trailer, so from Wednesday through Friday, various classes of her third graders will be in the Professional Development Center, which has a mobile classroom. We walked in and out of the parking lot.

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Dawson County third graders will learn about Georgia’s agriculture through fun, interactive and hands-on activities at the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom that visited the district on September 22nd.
– Photo by Erica Jones

Each group of students participating in the Georgia Ag Experience first took a 25-minute pre-lesson teaching about agriculture using the state-standard curriculum. After that, we played an agriculture-themed game and decided which half of the group would go to the mobile classroom first, and then took turns experiencing the mobile classroom activities.

According to Fulwood, the mobile classroom is a STEM trailer aimed at teaching and engaging students in a hands-on, fun way to learn.

“Because the whole trailer is a STEM trailer, it combines science, technology, engineering, and math with agriculture and engages children in hands-on activities to teach them about farming and how much role technology plays in today’s agriculture. I’ll introduce you to the dolphins,” says Fulwood. Said. “A lot of people don’t realize how many careers there are in agriculture. , software engineering, technology development, and mechanical engineering, which is why we want to target each of Georgia’s major commodities.”

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Dawson County third graders will learn about Georgia’s agriculture through fun, interactive and hands-on activities at the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom that visited the district on September 22nd.
– Photo by Erica Jones

The trailer talks about various Georgia-specific aspects of farming, including horticulture, fruits and vegetables, poultry, peanuts, forestry, beef and dairy, and cotton, as well as various stations and some of the potential future careers. It consists of a carrier station that describes. field. As we watched the trailer, the students engaged in various activities and games to learn about each topic in a fun way.

they are having a lot of fun Usually, they hop on the computer and are amazed that they automatically know how to operate the computer without me even needing to give them instructions,” says Fulwood. “They are learning about agriculture, but they don’t even realize how much they are absorbing.”

In addition to the Georgia Ag Experience, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is providing online versions of some of the games in the trailer as well as resources for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

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Dawson County third graders will learn about Georgia’s agriculture through fun, interactive and hands-on activities at the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom that visited the district on September 22nd.
– Photo by Erica Jones

“The website has several online versions of these games that teachers and children can play. There are also several resources for teachers so that they can teach agriculture in their own classrooms throughout the year. We’re ready,” said Fulwood. “It’s hard to know that something is available if you’re not aware. loves farming and comes up with interesting questions.”

For more information about Georgia Ag Experience, please visit: https://www.georgiaagexperience.org/

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