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Implementation

Since the program’s inception in 2010, AGsploration lessons have been taught to more than 23,000 youth and adults across Maryland. Multiple teaching methods have been used to disseminate the AGsploration curriculum.

 

Teens as Teachers Model

In 2011 and 2012, approximately 55 teen volunteers were trained to teach the AGsploration curriculum at two separate Winter Institute Trainings. These youth have taught the AGsploration lessons at venues through their schools, communities, and 4-H programs.

Teen teachers instructing at Maryland Day 2012.     Teen teachers instructing at Maryland Day 2012.

Teen teachers instructing at Maryland Day 2012.

 

Implementation by 4-H Staff and Volunteers

Members of the AGsploration team, as well as trained 4-H adult volunteers, have provided instruction at various community events, fairs, and other programs.

4-H staff participating in an AGsploration lesson.

4-H staff participating in an AGsploration lesson.

 

Adventures in AGsploration Summer Camps

Single-day programs in 2011 engaged 80 middle school youth in curriculum activities, farm visits, and agriculture and science career exploration. Four single-day programs were held in summer 2012, attracting almost 80 participants participants.

Youth visiting a local agricultural operation through AGsploration.

Youth visiting a local agricultural operation through AGsploration.

 

Integration into Public Schools

AGsploration lesson plans were piloted in several public school classrooms during 2011 and 2012. Since 2013, the AGsploration team has provided in-service training to 30 public school classroom teachers. The entire AGsploration curriculum is free and available for public school use by accessing the Download Curriculum page.

 

Technical Training to Youth Education Providers

Youth development specialists, such as teachers and Extension educators, have been trained to teach the AGsploration curriculum via web conferencing, staff in-services, and state volunteer trainings. Since 2013, the AGsploration team has provided training for approximately 270 youth programming providers. The entire AGsploration curriculum is free and available for anyone to use by accessing the Download Curriculum page.

 

Inclusion with the Maryland Mobile Agriculture Lab

The AGsploration curriculum is used Baltimore County’s mobile agriculture trailer, which visits every middle school in Baltimore County for educational programming.

 

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