Agricultural Education Science Project Ideas

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Use these projects with middle or high school students studying the science of agriculture. Each project is research-based and hands-on, engaging students from the start of the project to a creative final product they can take pride in.

Agricultural Education Science Projects

In these agricultural education science projects, your middle or high school students will be challenged to research a hot topic in the agriculture world and utilize technology to share the information in a creative manner. Each project can be completed by individuals, with partners, or in teams.

The first project asks students to explore different gardening options, identifying advantages, disadvantages, and the most effective environmental conditions under which these gardens will flourish. The second project requires students to explore and graphically represent the farm-to-table production process in a mixed media flow chart. The third project challenges students to explore advertisements for protein sources that have been used over time and analyze the facts, public perception, and changes ad campaigns brought about.

Gardens Galore

In this project, students will research a variety of gardening techniques and the environments in which the gardens will thrive. Some examples include hydroponics, rooftop, vertical, and aeroponics. Students can research a variety of methods on their own or you can provide them with a list of options.

After research, students should create a visual display and digital presentation that shows the different gardening techniques and a breakdown of the most effective use of this technique. For example, rooftop gardens are perfect for urban areas with tall buildings and flat roofs. Vertical gardening is quite effective in small spaces to maximize the area available. To extend the project, consider having students start and maintain one type of garden that best suits your environment.

  • Materials: technology access, research resources, research organizer, tri-fold presentation boards, presentation software, art supplies, color printer (if available)
  1. Provide students with an overview of different gardening techniques.
  2. Give students time and resources to research at least three types of gardening, identifying the pros and cons, most effective uses, and environments for which the gardens are best suited.
  3. After research has concluded, provide time for students to create a tri-fold presentation board that shows their gardening style comparison. They should use colorful art supplies, the board should be neat and visually appealing, and it should be information rich.
  4. Additionally, ask students to create a digital presentation that details not only the gardening styles, but tips and techniques to achieve success. Suggestions and examples of environments that work best for each type of garden can also be included in the presentation.
  5. Provide an opportunity for students to share their presentations with others.
  6. Extend the project by having students select one type of garden that can realistically be developed within your environment. They can track progress of their garden, recording observations, applying the research they conducted, and reporting results.

Farm-to-Table Flow Chart

In this project, students will research the farm-to-table concept, exploring its uses around the country and world. After learning more about the idea and how it is being applied, they will use mixed media materials to create a large mural-style flow chart depicting the process. Students will wrap up with a digital presentation that shows each flow chart element up close and details the information they've gained about it. Consider extending the project by requiring students to plan for a local farm-to-table effort, such as a dinner event, a visit to a nearby farm, or an awareness campaign.

  • Materials: butcher paper or large canvas, variety of art supplies (mixed media), paint and other coloring supplies, poster paper, colored pencils, markers, technology access, color printing (if available), research resources, research organizer, information about local farms and farm-to-table programs (if applicable)

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