Science Matters Project
Science Matters is a program sponsored through a partnership between Bayer and National 4-H Council. The program will consist of 15 teens ages 14-18 who will form three teams to develop a community action plan from the information gained at the National Youth Conference on Agri-Science. Their goal will be to identify an issue in the community and find a solution to it with the support of Bayer mentors.
This experience will deepen the teen’s understanding of how science connects to food, animals, and health while sparking interest and learning more about Agri-science careers. The teens will have an opportunity to meet other leaders from across the nation while forming a bond with local teen leaders.
Animal Health: The animal health group created 13 informational flyers for pet and livestock owners to educate them on zoonotic disease and how to prevent them.These flyers will be distributed to the public via Johnson County veterinarian clinics.
Food Insecurity: They are working at a senior living site to educate the residents about gardening as well as how to prepare the food they grow. They also created a survey and want to take their findings to the County Food Policy Council.
Water Quality: The water quality group is working on lesson plans that target 5th graders. They plan to present their lessons to a classroom as a test run before making the kits available to teachers all over Johnson County.