NC educators engage with Subject Matter Experts to bring Ag Literacy into their classrooms.
Hello, Bayer! We are two teachers selected to be a part of a three-week immersive learning experience at RTP through the Kenan Fellows Program where we took a deep dive into the business, industry and science behind the work at Bayer.
I am Linnea Gibson, elementary STEM and Magnet Coordinator at Conn Magnet Elementary School of Entrepreneurial Design, and an avid Spartan fan (Go Green). I strive to make science come alive through our project-based learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Most people don't know that I am a certified cake decorator and Scuba Diver who dabbles in photography and kickball.
I am Jasmine Frantz, a high school math teacher at Apex Friendship High School, and lover of all things math-y. I am always looking for ways to inspire my students (especially my Women In Science and Engineering girls) to find math in the real world. Outside of teaching, I love traveling and coaching basketball.
Here's a little bit about our experience at Bayer!:
First, we visited the Innovation Center where we saw the beginning stages of plant development. Surprisingly, they had us jump into the lab coats, put on the goggles and get into the action. It was a fun-filled two days with countless connections that made us want to bring plant samplings back to our classrooms.
The Bee Care Center
We just had to see what the buzz was all about at the Bayer Bee Care Center and couldn’t wait to bee there! As we got suited up to assist in the monthly Hive Assessment, we could already see how many connections there were to the curriculum as well as opportunities to share with our students how incredibly important pollinators are to agriculture.
Neither of us have green thumbs, but we were excited to be put to work impacting every stage of plant development throughout the greenhouses. We have never seen so much soy, but the greenhouse is about more than just growing plants; the science and math is absolutely everywhere, from the beneficial pests to the seed counter.
We have come to learn that safety is a very important aspect of the Bayer culture. The talks about lab safety, constant reminders about holding the stair rail and huge focus on human and environmental safety showed us that this was a must. Managing risk to all living things is a constant priority for the company to ensure that all products are thoroughly tested.
Clayton Field Site
Our experience with this team was unforgettable. It was awesome to see the passion they have for making golf courses healthier by investigating the fungi that plagues turf and working hard to keep pests off of ornamentals (those are the pretty-looking plants, like marigolds). We were able to see their greenhouse trials and a grand tour of the site, along with some of the biggest bugs we’ve ever laid eyes on.
All the pieces came together for one common goal: Science for a Better Life. From research to communications to safety, everyone is working together to help growers around the world. We want to be ambassadors for not only Bayer, but the science and math behind everything you do. Thank you for your willingness to teach us what you know during our brief time with you. We cannot wait to share what we learned, bring Ag Literacy into our classrooms and connect with Bayer in the future!
- K-5 Elementary General Ed & STEM/ Entrepreneurship
- Conn Active Learning & Technology Magnet Elementary School
- 9-10 Grade Math
- Apex Friendship High School