Having received the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant sponsored by the Bayer Fund (formerly Monsanto) to use in the classroom at Elsberry Middle School this past year, Jason Miller, middle school principal, was invited to showcase how those funds were integrated into the classroom at a reception held at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis.
Elsberry’s program titled “Going beyond traditional computing, Intro to Computer Science and Technology” used funds to enhance the Robotics class technology, integrate Coding classes, and launch a Medical Detectives class.
Accompanying Miller to the reception and assisting with the exhibit was Kim Jones, who teaches the new Medical Detectives class.
Bayer hosted the reception so that the members of the Farmer Advisory Council and participants of the teacher selection panel could witness first hand how schools had used grant money at their respective schools. Also showcased, besides Elsberry, were schools from Gibson County, TN and Bunker Hill, IN.
This annual conference gives the Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of farmers from across the U.S. the opportunity to review and select the winning grant applications for the upcoming school year from a pool of finalists that have been determined by a panel of math and science teachers who review every application submitted.