During this day camp, youth will explore ways in which agricultural engineers, food scientists, and animal caregivers use science and technology to work together to ensure food product meets FDA standards. Youth will work on a weeklong project focusing on the supply chain of niche farming. On the final day of camp, youth will share their project with STEM professionals in a Shark Tank-style showcase.


Throughout the week they will attend educational sessions lead by faculty and industry professionals with topics including: Farm to Table Supply Chain, Pizza Farming, Ag Careers Around Us, Q&A with Niche Market Farmers, Transportation in Ag, Soil Science, and the Good and Bad “Bugs” in Food, among others.

On the second day of camp, youth will get behind-the-scenes tour of Guentzel Family Farms, Farmamerica, and Crystal Valley.  At Guentzel Family Farms, youth will get to see food growing in fields and the equipment that is used to grow, harvest and transport the food to its next destination.  At Farmamerica, youth will get to learn about soil health and sustainability as well as how nutrients play a role in nourishing the plants.  Additionally, the role of strip tilling and cover crops will be included as part of the tour.  At Crystal Valley, professionals will show their in-house scheduling and dispatch software, the technology used to operate a floater and/or sprayer, precision planting as well as the use of drones in agriculture.  Everything incorporated into the tours will give youth an inside look at things they haven’t likely thought about or seen and will show the wide array of careers tied to ag, food and natural resources.

Five financial need scholarships available with the reduced camp fee of $40, sponsored by the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

WHO: Any Youth Entering the 6th – 9th Grade
WHEN: July 26 - 29, 2021, 8AM - 4PM
WHERE: Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College
COST: $200.00 (Reduced early-bird fee of $150 until June 30th for this camp only).
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: July 1st - https://cset.mnsu.edu/STEMCAMPS

 

Questions? Contact Melissa Huppert at (507) 389-2110 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

                                                                                                                                 

 

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