The DBNRRC staff has enjoyed opportunities to share our research with teachers that are being trained in how to bring science to the K-12 classroom. Some of the hands on activities we shared with them include: characterizing diverse germplasm based on grain, cooked rice sensory tests, DNA extractions, dissecting the rice plant, sweeping rice fields for insects, performing amylose assays, etc. This Future Scientist program was initiated as a partnership between ARS and Texas A&M and has been extended across the nation. It is very rewarding to see that this program has been sustained over the years and is having an impact. Two of the quotes from this 2021 article come from teachers in AR - Lake Hamilton Middle School in Pearcy, AR and the other at Cooper Elementary in Bella Vista AR.
Rice Science for Educators - Click link to see information such as experimental protocols that you may use in the classroom.
Download/print instructions for growing rice in your backyard - here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)
Order a small sample of rice seeds for growing rice in your classroom/backyard - send email.
Learn about the Future Scientist Program at this website.
Read about Dr. Craig Wilson here.
Click here to get information so that you can order insect larvae for the Future Scientist classroom activities.
2014 Future Scientists Program
July 23-24, 2014 - Fifteen K-12 teachers from schools representing Alpena, Crossett, Hamburg, Marianna, Monticello, Rison, Star City, Stuttgart, and Van Buren participated in a two-day Future Scientists mentoring event. Hands-on events included analyzing rice starch and extracting plant DNA. The event was funded, in part, by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, USDA-ARS, and Texas A&M.
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2013 Future Scientists Program
July 15-16, 2013 - Fourteen K-12 teachers from school districts around Arkansas participated in a two day Future Scientists mentoring event. The teachers were exposed to rice research issues and how these topics could be used to teach science in the classroom. The event was funded, in part, by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, USDA-ARS, and Texas A&M.