“Scientist for a Day” Program Promotes Agricultural Research Careers

Attention Homeschool Students Interested in Careers in Agriculture, Science or Research:

Scientist for a Day – A hands-on learning experience for Wisconsin high school students. Sept. 18, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center Farm in Prairie du Sac, WI

(A message for teachers from the coordinator of Scientist for a Day) If you have not done so already, please let me know if you will be able to attend and how many students you will be bringing by Wednesday, September 11.  Since there are 10 schools interested and we only have room for 50 students, we ask that you please send us a list of the 5 students that you plan on bringing.  Also list 2 alternates in case we have a school or 2 drop out.   Remember, the program is geared toward college-bound juniors and seniors who might be interested in a career in agriculture, science and/or research.
Attached please find a brochure and a photo release form – one for teachers or adult students and for minor students.  Please have these filled out and signed, and bring them to Scientist for a Day.
The most likely potential uses for photos taken at Scientist for a Day include: the local newspapers, the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center web site and/or presentations given on behalf of the USDFRC, promotions for future Scientist for a Day events, and an employee newsletter for the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Other reminders:
·         You must transport the students to the farm; but you can be reimbursed for travel.
·         Lunch is provided free of charge.
·         The day ends with Babcock ice cream.
·         Wear appropriate clothes for the weather as some events will be outside.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank-you,
Rachel Angel – Coordinator, Scientist for a Day
608-332-3238 rangel2424@yahoo.comAttachments: scientist for a day brochure_2013 Photo Consent Form

High School students become Scientist for a Day at agricultural research station

Bio-chemist … Agronomist … Plant Geneticist … Soil Scientist … Agricultural Engineer … Those are just a few of the future career opportunities for students to get involved in the realms of dairy science and agricultural research.

“Scientist for a day” program available to high school homeschoolers

Parent instructors and high school age students will have the chance to shadow four USDA research scientists for a day.

The program is completely free.  They will even provide lunch.

The U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center is one of about 100 units in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It is the only USDA-ARS unit with the mission of improving forage use by dairy cattle. The Scientist For A Day Program is targeted to high school students who are interested in science, agriculture and/or research. Scientist for a Day gives the opportunity for students to come in and actually do hands-on learning activities with a scientist.

Experience 4 hands-on learning sessions

  • Put your hands inside a cow’s rumen! With a team of dairy scientists,  you’ll gain an appreciation for the special nature of ruminants and the way research is helping to make them even more efficient and sustainable.
  • See GM and biochemistry techniques up close and personal! With Mike Sullivan, biochemist/molecular geneticist, you’ll learn how to conduct some techniques used with genetic modification and biochemical analysis of plants.
  • Silage – The fermented feed cows love! With Geoffrey Brink, agronomist,  you’ll learn the three P’s of making quality silage – Particle size, Packing, and Plastic.
  • Be an environmental investigator! With Peter Vadas, soil scientist you’ll gather and analyze runoff and groundwater samples from cow barnyards to learn how phosphorus loss from dairy farms effects the environment and ways to make farms more environmentally.

These cows are equipped with a permanent opening that allows direct access to the rumen’s contents for studies on digestibility.

Homeschoolers in agricultural research?

Your students will learn how agricultural research is conducted, why it’s needed,  and who benefits from it. Imagine the possibilities if our homeschooled students become encouraged to become researchers in the future… If we can change education one homeschool at a time, maybe we can change farming through getting involved with agricultural research, one farm at a time! Scientist for a Day U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center S8822 Sunset Dr. (just off Hwy 78) Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 **See the brochure for location and where to report for entrance on the day of the program.** Map to USDFRC Farm Contact:

Rachel Angel
Coordinator, Scientist for a Day
608-332-323 rangel2424@yahoo.comAttachments:

scientist for a day brochure_2013 Photo Consent Form

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