Gaston attends STEM-based curriculum training
Rod Gaston, Wauneta-Palisade ag teacher, has completed a STEM-based CASE (Curriculum for AgriScience Education) training the past two weeks in Waverly, Neb. on CASE Plant Science.
Through a Nebraska FFA Foundation scholarship, funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and DuPont Pioneer, Gaston is supplementing this STEM based curriculum by using soybeans as a model, focus and method for learning. This fall Gaston will be implementing this curriculum in his classroom by utilizing soybeans in various segments of the CASE plant science systems.
“This is a good effort for industry and a commodity board to further agricultural education in our schools. The program shares the expertise of others to raise the level of agricultural education in our schools,” says Victor Bohuslavsky, Executive Director of the Nebraska Soybean Board.
Through this curriculum Gaston will be teaching his students about the process, benefits and challenges related to the use of soybeans in agriculture as part of an extension of the plant sciences program with the addition of the greenhouse.
“Soybeans are a major crop in our area and by providing students more information, they may become new producers and better consumers” says Gaston.