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Minecraft
An article published on June 8th, 2016 by the University of Cambridge noted that a new record-holder for the tallest tree in the tropics is the same species as a tree used in the extremely popular game Minecraft. The use of actual tree species that require maintenance in a video game that has player numbers in the millions to help inform the young and old alike about the value of trees and some of the different species is genius.
More than 25 high school students from across Indiana had a chance to learn practical entrepreneurship skills from industry professionals during the Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy last month. The academy, sponsored by Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H Youth Development, is an annual weeklong event that gives high school students the opportunity to interact with business leaders and entrepreneurship experts from Purdue University and throughout the state.
Don't be a zombie exhibit
This year's Indiana State Fair will offer plenty of thrills, but it is unlikely fairgoers will experience anything quite like the ghoulish fun of the newest exhibit in the Purdue Extension Agriculture/Horticulture Building. Called Don't Be a Zombie - Be Prepared, the exhibit consists of a walk-though maze and interactive video game designed to simulate a zombie apocalypse. The adventure ends at an underground storm shelter stocked with all the supplies necessary for survival in an emergency.
Britain's departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow Indiana's economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.
Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2016 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given to a Purdue University faculty or staff member who has contributed to the improvement of rural Indiana. Any active faculty or staff member is eligible. A person may have made a contribution through the classroom, counseling, research or Extension.
Hands of the Future
Children today spend an average of 20 minutes outside. Various studies have shown that engaging with nature improves concentration, coordination, creativity, and more. Hands of the Future, Inc. is a nonprofit company started to educate children about the beauty of nature and help them connect with it.
Healthy Water, Happy Home
Many choices we make in our daily lives can have an impact on the water quality of rivers and streams around us. Animals like the eastern hellbender need clean water for their habitats, and they depend on us to make environmentally friendly choices whenever possible. The new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled "Healthy Water, Happy Home" offers a fun way for students to learn about healthy water choices they can make in their home and community.

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