The 2016 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute will be held at The University Maine, Machias Campus on August 1 – 5 with 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEU's available for recertification. The week will start with curriculum sessions at the College focused on STEM, Nutrition and higher level thinking for students in regard to agriculture. The week-long workshop will include lessons, online resources and grant opportunities. All participants will leave with armloads of materials and megabytes of technology integrating agriculture into your classes from Pre K – 12th grade.
On Wednesday and Thursday the entire group will tour farms (including wild blueberry), aquaculture facilities, school agriculture programs and Maine Ag based businesses. Teachers will learn more about locally grown foods, their impact on the Maine economy, applications in science, and opportunities to integrate agriculture into the core curriculum.
The cost of the entire week, including meals and all materials and lodging, is only $200 due to sponsorships from the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AND the Specialty Agriculture License Plate!
Scholarships are available for $150 based on need (meaning your school's ability to fund), on a first come basis. If applying for a scholarship please send a short request of up to 250 words (including explanation of need, and how you will use the knowledge gained) and your check for $50, which will be returned if you are not granted funding.
To register for this event and/or apply for a scholarship, please visit the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom website.