Through a chance meeting at a local Kiwanis meeting, Lincoln County Farm Bureau and the North Platte Children’s Museum teamed up to showcase agriculture through technology to area children.
“We have a learning barn that tours the county and knew that students are lacking knowledge about agriculture, and wanted to expand our efforts,” said Justin Roberts, Lincoln County Farm Bureau member.
The North Platte Children’s Museum
had a room dedicated to food and agriculture, said Heather Holligan, museum director, but the room didn’t have any technology aspects.
“Lincoln County Farm Bureau had been researching for a long time, about three years, on how we could have a lasting impact to educate children on agriculture,” said Sarah Bomark, Lincoln County Farm Bureau president. “The touch screen can hold several different games and is easily updated, so it was a great solution to keep the content current and fresh for the kids.”
“The touch screen has become a focus point in the ag room. Kids are in awe and attract like flies to the touch screen. They spend the majority of their time playing the different games and while they are playing they are learning,” continued Holligan.
“It has definitely been worth the wait, said Bomark.
The touch screen currently is loaded with the all of the My American Farm
interactive games which allow players to learn where food comes from and how those products get from the farm to their dinner plate. The games were produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and sponsored by DuPont Pioneer. Lincoln County Farm Bureau will also be adding a learning barn to the North Platte Children’s Museum soon to give children a hands on learning experience as well.