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Sep. 5, 2017

When you think “science fair,” think soybeans!

Make sure your students know about the great prizes the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation offers for soybean-related projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or earth/environmental sciences.

Awards are given to the best science projects from the district competition and the State Science Day, held on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

State Science Day, Grades 5–12
Award: 1st place: $1000; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $250
Team award: $1000 to be split among team members

District Science Day, Grades 5–12
Award: up to three $100 awards in each of the 17 districts

Want help from experts? These GNG leaders are standing by! They can provide advice and oversight and can help you locate supplies for your project.

Upcoming workshops and events

Stop by and see us at these outreach events!

  • Athens Co. Fairgrounds Ag Awareness Day, Sept 22, seed necklaces
  • NWO STEM in the Park, Bowling Green, Sept 23, water quality
  • Ashland Farm Tour, Sept 28 and 29, soy ink

Looking for science fair project ideas?

What kinds of things could you investigate? Here's what's going on at OSU’s Western Ag Research Station:

  • Evaluating weed control, herbicide chemistries, pest management strategies
  • Controlling soybean diseases by spraying fungicides at various plant growth stages
  • Testing different lines of soybeans
  • Enhancing soybean production with variable seeding rates and seed treatments
  • Comparing broadcast vs starter fertilizer application in liquid and dry forms
  • A unique opportunity for teachers in the area of biological sciences, agricultural education, and health sciences to collaborate and introduce new content.
    • For biological science educators, food safety issues deal with growth and pathogenesis of microorganisms.
    • Allergens, in contrast, are a teaching example in immunology.
    • For agricultural educators, food safety underpins a large regulatory framework for employees and entrepreneurs in the agriculture and food sector.
    • For health science educators, food safety represents a major tenant of public health. Current estimates indicate that 1 in 6 people in the U.S. contract a foodborne illness each year.

    Check out our food science resources!

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