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Field Watchers After School Program

Every Tuesday Starting March 5  •  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Free Program   Pre-Registration Required •  For Students (6-12) and their Parents/Caregivers •  Adults must accompany students

Unleash your curiosity every Tuesday while exploring the wonders of agriculture, STEM, and nature! This program is for parents and elementary-age students (6-12 years old).  Topics include:

  • Coding: Learning about binary code and practice programming binary code into a plant sensor.
  • Algorithms: Learn about algorithms and their connection to agriculture. 
  • Soil Health: Learn what makes soil healthy and nutritious for plants by analyzing the contents of the soil.
  • Planting: Learn about what a plant needs to survive.  Design and plant your very own plant to take home.
  • Plant Development: Learn about each step in the life cycle of plants.
  • History of Agriculture: Learn about the development of farming throughout history and its impact on future farming.

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Field Watchers Field Trip

Grades 2-5 • September-October & April- May • This program is free to the first 2,500 registered students through the generous support of the Illinois Soybean Association 
Field Watchers teaches about the history of agriculture and the importance of emerging technologies in the industry. The goal of the Field Watchers program is to connect 2nd-5th grade students to farmers in Illinois while providing inquiry-based STEM learning and experimentation in agronomy and coding. Everyone will become “Field Watchers” learning about soybean plants, virtually connecting to “Field Partner” farmers, and potting a soybean plant. The program continues as students monitor their plants and connect remotely to learn from Field Partner farmers.

Learning Standards

AP.13, 3-5.AP.15, 2C.3b, SS.G.1.3, SS.G.2.3, SS.G.3.3, SS.EC.1.3, SS.H.2.3,
3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS3-1

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Field Watchers+ Scout and Student Group Program

Year-round •  2.5-hour program •  Youth ages 7-10 years (2-5th grades)
Free Program (Funded by the Illinois Soybean Association) 
FIELD WATCHERS+ program is for scout groups, 4-H groups, Home School Groups, and non-school groups

Field Watchers will teach you about our local history of agriculture and the importance of emerging technologies in modern agriculture. The goal of the Field Watchers program is to connect 2nd-5th grade students to farmers in Illinois while providing inquiry-based learning and experimentation in agronomy. Students will gain a deep understanding of the components of soil and plant health and connect to Illinois’ agriculture industry by learning the various components of farming. Everyone will become “Field Watchers” learning about soybean plants, virtually connecting to “Field Partner” farmers, and potting a soybean plant. The program continues as students monitor their plants and connect remotely to learn from Field Partner farmers.

During the 2.5-hour, active-learning program, troops will learn about:  

    Agronomy

    Agriculture Technologies

    Algorithms

    Coding

    Planting

SNACK - Everyone should have a hearty snack before coming for the program. 

Scouting Groups: Badges

Field Watchers+ can help Brownie and Bear Scouts earn coding and agriculture-related badges. For example: Field Watchers+ will help Bear Scouts earn their Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Merit Badge. Brownies can use this program towards their Coding Basics Badge.

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