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    is an engaging middle school educational program created to highlight the important role soil science plays in feeding our growing world.
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See how educators are turning their classrooms into a virtual lab by integrating new interactive life-science lesson plans into their middle school curriculum.

Interactive Lesson Plans

Turn your classroom into a virtual lab with interactive lesson plans designed to engage varied learners, enhance digital literacy, and increase overall retention of core concepts by bringing science to life.

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New Our Food Supply

Learn how your family’s food gets from farm to fork. The food-supply chain has many necessary steps to provide food for the population!

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New Soil and Human Health

How do farmers across the U.S. participate in sustainable farming? Learn more about how healthy soil makes healthy food!

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New Careers in Soil Science

Are you interested in working outdoors? Find out what careers you can have based on what interests you most!

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How will we sustainably feed
9 billion people by the year 2050?

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.

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Not All Soils Are Created Equal

Soils are the foundations on which we build everything in our lives, but not all soils are created equal! Learn more about the different soil across the US.

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Exploring Plant Nutrients

Plants, like people, require nutrients to grow. See if you can find the right mix of water, air, and nutrients to nurse this plant back to health!

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Career Connection

Spotlight on Agronomy

Today’s agriculture industry is exploding with exciting career options! Meet the people using technology, science and innovative thinking to feed our world and protect our green spaces.

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