NAAE AgI2 Institute

“Is a Double Stuffed Oreo truly double stuffed and what criteria would allow you to make this determination?” “How many years would it take the average consumer to recoup the costs of installing solar panels based on average energy consumption in New York State and how could you tell the average solar power production in our area?” “What is the best way to train a mouse to go through an obstacle course?”

Inquiry – the act of asking for information. As teachers we ask our students to come up with answers to questions daily. We check for understanding in what we are teaching and we
develop lessons that aim to increase their knowledge. We are doing the majority of the work though, spoon feeding information to our students so that they can hopefully answer the questions that we ask. What if
WE could shift the learning to make students inquire? Make students more engaged? Make students want to learn more? Make students the masters of their knowledge?  Agdo teachers will have a unique opportunity to attend a 15 hour NAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute facilitated by agricultural educators from across the country.  This institute is not designed to change WHAT you teach, but HOW you teach agricultural education and cultivate your students as problems solvers and thinkers, through inquiry-based teaching methods. Participants will receive educational resources and inquiry-based teaching skills to implement STEM based activities in the agricultural education classroom and share lesson plans, laboratory exercises and teaching strategies to enhance your instruction.  Inquiry sessions will focus on biofuels, animal science, plant science, natural resources conservation, solar photovoltaics, food science, and global food security. The integration of literacy strategies and learning standards will be a focus of each session.
Each participant that completes the 15 hourinstitute will receive $229 in resources.

NYAAE Business Session

Tina Miner-James, NYAAE President, Agricultural Educator, Walton CS
Make sure to attend this session to learn about the latest initiatives of the New York State
Association of Agricultural Educators. At this session we will also elect new leadership for the organization, and hear important updates related to agricultural education.

Break Out!

Tedra Bean, Agricultural Educator, Belleville Henderson Central School
Ashleigh Barnhart-Burto, Health/Physical Education, Belleville Henderson CS

You’re locked in a room and have to solve puzzle after puzzle to work your way out…have you ever heard of an escape room? Locked inside with a group of people; using the clues around you to escape in the allotted time? The skills needed to accomplish the task are vital to our success as teachers - critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving – but how can we bring these skills to our classroom or FFA chapter? Now you can, with Breakout EDU! This is a unique spin where students are trying to break into a box instead of out of your classroom.  There are a variety of games designed for every skill and age level.  Attend this workshop and learn about how you could implement this exciting and engaging activity in your classroom!

Workshop Objectives:

· To introduce teachers to Breakout EDU, an activity that stimulates teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and troubleshooting by presenting challenges that ignite their student’s natural drive to problem-solve.

· To provide a creative way for the integration of other subjects into agriculture and FFA including math, science, history, and language arts.

· To provide a fun experience for teachers to give to their students that directly relates back to real world collaboration, which students will use throughout their lives.

Field to Fork, Beef up your Animal Science Curriculum

Katherine Brosnan, New York Beef Council
Jean O’Toole, New York Beef Council

From field to fork including beef in your classroom can be fun and easy. Katherine Brosnan and Jean O’Toole of the New York State Beef Council will provide participants with an introduction to resources available from cow to cuts. Learn about Animal Care Trainings (multi-species) available online and for free! NYBC also has locally based trainings that will introduce students to animal handling, vaccination protocol and record keeping. Next we will discuss ideas for incorporating meat handling and cuts in an interactive demonstration of a subprimal fabrication. From start to finish this workshop will provide participants with useful information, fresh ideas, and resources to deliver a beef unit from beginning to end.

Workshop Objectives:

· This workshop will provide participants with resources available to deliver a successful and interactive beef unit as part of an Animal Science Curriculum.

· The internet is flooded with resources, we will help participants by sifting through and providing the most comprehensive and easily implemented beef resources available.

· Participants will leave with a better understanding of the support NYBC can provide to them through their lesson content and support for beef in the classroom.

Adirondack Wildlife and Natural History

Oswegatchie Educational Center Staff
Join your colleagues for an adventure with a trail walk and session that will focus on Adirondack wildlife and natural and geological history.  During this session we will Hike to Trout Falls, a magnificent waterfall. This experience allows ample opportunity to converse with other teachers and share about your own teaching experiences with students in an outdoor setting.

Under Pressure: Understanding Pressure in Small Engine

Chris Smith, Agricultural Educator, OESJ Central School
Jason Cook, Power Distributor, Briggs and Stratton

Do you know what a carburetor is or how one works? Do you teach about them in your small engine unit? If you want to know more about them and want to incorporate mechanics into your lessons than this workshop is for you! This interactive workshop is designed for anyone who works with or uses an engine - beginners to experts! Learn about interactive tools to teach carburetion in your classroom while we explore the clear carburetor, demonstrating how fuel actually moves through the carburetor! In addition, we will build our own carburetors and examine pressure differences to help understand how carburetors work! If you like hands-on activities with new ideas on how to teach mechanics this workshop is for you.

Workshop Objectives:

· Examine how a carburetor works using a clear carburetor.

· Understand when fuel is flowing through the main jet versus the secondary passages of a carburetor.

· Construct a carburetor out of PVC to understand pressure and venturi in carburetors.

· Collect data using the vernier pressure sensor.

· Students will design an experiment to test the vacuum pressures on the PVC carburetor.

Are up for the challenge? Summer Solstice Leadership Experience

Oswegatchie Educational Center Staff
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This evening gives you an opportunity to interact with your peers in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, who knows you may receive more than you seek. High Ropes Adventure- You may climb and experience the thrills or maybe you just want to stroll out to the high ropes course to support your colleagues.  Experience one of the greatest adventures at Oswegatchie. Come on out to the ropes course, grab a harness, take a deep breath, and climb high into the trees to one of our high ropes elements.  The giant swing, climbing tower, zip line, and a choice of other elements are awaiting you during this excellent adventure.  The whole evening will be topped off with a warm and crackling campfire and s'more fixings! Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the longest day of the year!

Marble Run Chicken Meets Disenfranchised Teen: Combatting
Everyday Boredom with Veterinary Sciences

Julia Smith, Agricultural Educator, Cayuga Onondaga BOCES
From bones to biotechnology and parasites to the pulmonary system, a career and a future in veterinary science is one of the most important aspects of agricultural education. Originally released in 2003, the Cornell Veterinary Sciences curriculum laid the groundwork for new classes in veterinary science that proved to be innovative and engaging for students. Cornell is excited to release the newly revised, extremely comprehensive, 2017 curriculum than encompasses more than 180 lessons to prepare students to participate in the National FFA Veterinary Sciences CDE. With embedded STEM and literacy techniques, as well as
introductory through advanced lessons, this curriculum is appropriate for teachers with an introduction to agri-science class or an honors class. Teachers receive the entire curriculum and then can pick and choose lessons that best fit their needs. This curriculum is highly comprehensive and hands teachers complete lessons with cost effective material purchases. With engaging new activities, this curriculum will provide a fantastic resource for all animal science courses. Participants in this workshop will engage in engineering a marble run avian digestive system that will roll students through the steps in avian digestion.

Workshop Objectives:

· Prepare participants to utilize the 2017 Cornell Veterinary Sciences curriculum through demonstration, connections, and engaging activities.

· Engage participants in a STEM based activity to model the avian digestion system.

Exploration of Long Pond

Oswegatchie Educational Center Staff
We will paddle around the perimeter of Long and Round Ponds, identifying flora and fauna that call this area their Adirondack home.  We will see loons, beavers, water lilies, and much more.  We will also explore some of the history, geography, and chemistry of Long Pond.  Come prepared for a fun lesson on the water. 

Molding a Better Advocate

Jessica Ziehm, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition
Eileen Jensen, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition

When was the last time you or your students encountered tough questions about agriculture? Do you know what to say when you are faced with someone questioning the industry that you love? Do you know how to be proactive with sensitive issues regarding agriculture? At the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, our mission is to enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture through personal conversations. Join us as we can help you and your students get your stories across through multiple channels allowing all
students to understand and appreciate modern agriculture practices. We will explore the
importance of social media and provide insight to local and national sites where you can gain information to use and share. As a group, we’ll facilitate a mock panel discussion focused on local issues and community concerns that you’ll be able to replicate in your own classroom. You will also walk away with some new ideas to incorporate into your chapter community involvement and list of advocates willing to answer questions, talk to your classroom or potentially host a virtual panel discussion with your students. There’s no better time to be pro-active in your classroom and community than right now so join us to help mold a better advocate for a better tomorrow!

Workshop Objectives:

· Engage participants through panel discussions and real-life scenarios that can be easily replicated in classrooms

· Understand the multiple approaches to telling a story allowing everyone to have and respect different opinions

· Provide tools and tips that will encourage collaboration among teachers and farmers throughout New York State

· Develop a sense of urgency in understanding the importance to educating the next generation of advocates for agriculture.