The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education announced Friday at the National Science Teacher’s Association’s annual conference the launch of a new online destination, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil,” designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the importance of soil science and nutrients in agriculture.
Designed as a multi-year engagement program for middle school students, From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil utilizes a wide-range of innovative strategies to highlight the importance of soil, fertilizer, and agriculture to our growing world. The partnership kicks off the 10-year anniversary of the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
“Soil is one of our world’s greatest natural resources and provides the platform for farmers and gardeners to grow our food,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “We are excited to share these science-based digital resources about soil and fertilizers through our partnership with Discovery Education. For everyone who has ever been curious about the complex world of soil and its nutrients, this program is for you!”
The new, online destination features a powerful combination of digital resources including dynamic lesson plans, bilingual family activities such as family farm trips and how to grow a garden, interactive tools, and agriculture career profiles. One interactive tool, “Exploring Plant Nutrients,” allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the role of different plant nutrients by determining the right mix of water, air, and fertilizer needed to nurse a plant back to health. Featured career profiles give students a first-hand look at the breakthrough technologies and exciting science involved in careers in agriculture. From precision agriculture specialists to technical support division managers, students are able to get an inside look at agriculture at work in the ever-changing and rapidly growing world of the 21st century.
“As an educator, I’m thrilled to be able to use this resource as a way to give my students an in-depth look at soil – something that will forever be fundamentally important not only to science, but also to nutrients and life,” said Ann LaBrode, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Hopedale Jr/Sr High School. “Cutting-edge digital resources like those provided as part of this site make science relevant and exciting for my students.”
From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s first partnership with a global education company, is part of the foundation’s continued dedication to informing the public of the role of nutrients in both the production of nutritious abundant food and the preservation of healthy green spaces.
In 10 years, Nutrients for Life has developed more than 40 resources for classrooms and distributed over 44,000 copies of its curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. To learn more about the new program or to access the free resources, please visit: www.thescienceofsoil.com/.