In this interactive activity produced for Teachers' Domain, investigate three possible career paths in agricultural and environmental technologies: farming and agricultural production, science and ...
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Here are suggested ways to engage students with this interactive activity and with activities related to this topic.
- Doing research projects—individual: Ask students to do a Web search to hunt for community colleges and universities with programs in agricultural and environmental technologies. What programs are available in your state or region?
- Doing research projects—individual: Have students research and create a more expansive list of careers in agricultural and environmental technologies. Ask them to further investigate a particular career that interests them. Have them write a short paper that explains why this career interests them and that describes the educational requirements and potential job opportunities (including salary range).
- Doing research projects—groups: Divide the class into pairs or groups of three based on shared interests. Have the students in each team contact someone who works in their field of interest. Students should arrange to speak with the person to find out more about the career and, if possible, make plans to shadow the person at work. You may need to come up with a list of appropriate businesses or organizations for the students to contact. Have students prepare a presentation to share with the rest of the class.
- Doing research projects—groups: Have students work in small groups to design an activity for the other class members. Have them choose a particular career and research the skills that might be needed for that type of work. Ask them to create a hands-on activity or problem scenario for the rest of the class to participate in or solve, in order to get an idea of what that job may be like.
For more media and information about the topics in these Teaching Tips, see these links:
- To learn more about agricultural technologies, check out High-Tech Agriculture.
- To learn more about the relationship between agriculture and natural resources, check out Testing the Quality of Wheat Products and Poisoned Waters: What Is the Biggest Polluter of Water?.
- To learn more about agricultural science, check out Factory Farms and Organic Alternatives.
- To learn about genetically modified foods, check out Guess What's Coming to Dinner? and Bt Corn.
- Why must those working in agricultural technologies be concerned about environmental issues?
- How is GPS used in agriculture?
- How does surveying relate to agriculture?