USDA Releases “AgLabs” For Students Interested in Science
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched AgLabs, a science-education website for students and educators.
AgLabs is a product of the ARS Office of Communications in Beltsville, Md., and operates with the recognition that today's students are tomorrow's farmers, scientists, policymakers, and consumers. Sci4Kids is the predecessor of AgLabs and was established to educate students about the critical intersect of science and agriculture in their daily lives. With this latest installment, the website reaffirms its commitment to making sure kids have access to information about agricultural research in a way that's fun, timely, and significant.
AgLab offers a variety of content to promote a greater understanding of how agricultural research is helping meet the food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of a growing world population while also safeguarding our environment and natural resources and is geared toward k-12 students with an interest in food and science. The website contains various projects such as a black light experiment, soil erosion experiment, and a clean versus dirty hand experiment.
Other features of AgLabs includes an interactive map showing what ARS research is underway at locations near you, mobile apps like "FoodData Central," where you can learn about what ingredients are in the food you eat and nutritional info about them, and the ability to learn and explore sections that help students discover the wonders of agricultural science.
Check out AgLabs here.