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In August of 2016, we posted an article about how the online game Minecraft teaches forest regeneration and helps users understand the pros and cons of various tree species. This year, we bring you information about Pokemon GO a game designed for your smartphone. While the premise of the game is to find cute creatures to befriend and train for battle, this game ultimately teaches additional lessons about nature and conservation.
Indiana 4-H alumni are invited to participate in the Raise Your Hand Challenge to help boost national youth enrollment to 10 million by 2025. Alumni from each state can participate by registering at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and reposting, tweeting or tagging other alumni on social media, using the hashtag #4HGrown. The state with the most registered votes by June 30, 2017 will receive $20,000 to expand 4-H recruitment and programming.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Purdue University professor Levon Esters and his research team a $1.1 million, two-year grant to help underrepresented students learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Hellbenders Rock! lesson plan
Teachers : this new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled Hellbenders Rock! is full of engaging activities to teach K-5 students about the endangered eastern hellbender, while meeting Indiana academic standards.
picture of the 10 Indiana 4-H members who attended the 2017 presidential inauguration
Coleen Gabhart of Lawrence, Indiana and nine other Indiana 4-H members witnessed history by attending the 58th presidential inauguration as part of Citizenship Washington Focus, a leadership conference sponsored by National 4-H.
Welcome to our 2017 Agricultural Outlook. It's a new year that will bring opportunities and challenges for agricultural industries.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's North Central Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education program is offering a number of grants for farmers, educators and researchers working on projects in sustainable agriculture. Individuals and groups are eligible to apply for the grants, which promote "ecologically sound, profitable and socially responsible farming and ranching," said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension educator in Hancock County and Indiana SARE coordinator.

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