MCC celebrating farming this week; Community Ag Night is Thursday

May 10, 2023

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MCC celebrating farming this week; Community Ag Night is Thursday

Spartan News is a presentation of Mason County Central School District in partnership with Mason County Press. 

Story and photos by Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central elementary students have been learning about the science of agriculture this week at the Michigan Farm Bureau Farm Science Lab. The mobile learning laboratory has been on the school campus all week. It is a 40-foot mobile classroom, equipped with the latest teaching technologies and tooled with STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes (NALO) to increase agricultural awareness.

The public will have a chance to tour the lab on Thursday during the second annual MCC Community Agriculture Night, which will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. near the Upper Elementary School. The event will celebrate Mason County’s agricultural heritage and will also be a chance for the public to tour the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Farm Science Lab.

The event will feature several displays from local farms and farm-related businesses. It will include free hot dogs donated by Sanders Meats of Custer with help from the Weiner Wagon and free ice cream from the Mason County Dairy Council. There will also be wagon rides pulled by an antique tractor.

“Last year we had a lot of great feedback about this event and the Farm Science Lab,” said Angela Taylor of MCC Schools. “Scottville is known as the agricultural center of Mason County and we think it’s important that kids understand where their food comes from, as well as the farming heritage of our area.”

The lab is project of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom, a program sponsored by Michigan Foundation for Agriculture that works to increase agricultural literacy. 

The Farm Science Lab reinforces grade-level standards with hands-on science opportunities while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. Each lesson has been individually crafted and tested by certified teachers.

It offers schools the convenience of bringing a field trip- style experience to their front door. Students will receive an out-of-classroom, hands-on experience without the hassle of transportation arrangements or field- trip permission slips.

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