AgZone is an agricultural enrichment program designed for grade 8 students. The program reveals some of the science behind agriculture and the potential for careers in agriculture.
Today's agriculture goes well beyond the image most people have of the farmer in a straw hat and coveralls. Each spring, grade 8 science students are invited to gain insight into the world of agricultural research and education in this interactive field trip at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. We are working with regional offices to offer this program in other areas of the province.
At a series of stations across campus, students participate in mini sessions on diverse topics such as: "Propagation of plants", "Extracting DNA from strawberries" and "What goes on inside the ruminant stomach of a cow?"
Click here for a sample of AgZone workshops or visit the photo gallery.
Teachers have said that the topics and activities reflect the school curriculum to allow students to get the most out of the experience. Student engagement in the sessions is high and many students gain inspiration for school projects.
"AgZone is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience and make the connection between agriculture and science and how it all fits together”, said Debbie Mellish, a presenter in the Environmental Science department of Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture.
Teacher Jill Fraser from Trenton Middle School said, "I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for an amazing day! You were so well organized, the activities were so relevant to our curriculum and the students had a blast!"
Students enjoy the day, partly due to the friendly competition which is built into the event. Click here for an overview of the "Amazing Ag Race".
AgZone is an agricultural awareness initiative of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and the Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture..
If you are interested in bringing a class to AgZone, submit an application form to:
Rick Hoeg, Agricultural Education Liaison
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Applications will be accepted during April.