The Kansas Corn STEM education program that has reached thousands of Kansas students and teachers received national recognition at the Commodity Classic in Orlando. The Kansas Corn Commission received the National Corn Growers Association’s “Reaching for Excellence” award at the NCGA Banquet. Kansas Corn STEM offers corn-based curriculum, training and lab materials for K-12 teachers. The award, sponsored by FMC, is presented to one state corn organization each year.
On Tuesday’s Ag Issues program, we spoke with Sharon Thielen, Director of Education with Kansas Corn. We also spoke with Blake Smith, who is a science teacher at Maize South High School and has participated in the Kansas Seed to STEM program which is a part of the Kansas Corn STEM education program. He has also helped teach future Kansas Seed to STEM program participants. The interview took place at the Commodity Classic in Orlando.