Ag Cab Lab

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    • Ag Cab Lab at North Dakota Heritage Museum

      AG CAB LAB.
      INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AND ADULTS IN INTEGRATIVE STEM TOPICS.

      The purpose of the Ag Cab Lab is to engage and inform the general public through a hands-on learning center in an actual farm cab that simulates driving experiences on a farm, engages the consumer and answers consumer questions.

      Ultimately we would like to influence parents and children on issues around health and nutrition, teaching where their food comes from, living on the farm, and exposing them to the magic of technologies used in precision farm practices. This is accomplished through strategic placement in county and state fairs, as well as long-term educational centers such as children's museums, to maximize consumer engagement.

      From our experiences at the Minnesota State Fair where an Ag Cab Lab was located in the Miracle of Birth Center, children aged 4-12 and their parents form lines in anticipation of driving in the tractor cab. We believe we can engage both through hands-on technology-based projects while waiting in line.

      Examples would be in the use of Vernier sensor/probes to measure PH or turbidity in a fluid, and conversing on why these are important and how they fit into farming practices. We have also developed touch-screen kiosks with additional interactivity.

      We are raising funds to provide funding assistance to interested museums/locations to assist with moving, transportation and set-up of the display which extends the sustainability of the project and seek to expand into North Dakota while partnering with educational institutions for both formal and informal learning.

      One aspect of our approach to explaining agriculture as a comprehensive STEM discipline is to tell the story through an interactive kiosk display that accompanies the Ag Cab Lab, providing a mechanism to reach the learner while waiting in line for the ride. For an example of our kiosk work, please see: HTML-based Kiosk System (best viewed in Firefox, one selected, click the mouse in the middle of the screen, then hit return/enter and allow full screen mode for the best effect).

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