American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture – On The Farm STEM®
This need led to the development and launch of On The Farm Stem through the partnership of AFBFA and Vivayic with funding from the National Beef Checkoff. As a trusted contractor for AFBFA, Vivayic helped bring the program to life by reaching K6-12 teachers, students, administrators and non-formal educational institutions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subject areas. The On The Farm STEM experience was designed to be a professional development program that provides workshops, immersive experiences, resources, and a learning community that supports teachers through Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis on agriculture and food production.
Vivayic has guided the experience for the participants, from facilitation to finding appropriate agriculture experiences in each location. The entire professional development program has been planned with the educator and their students in mind. OTF STEM meets each participant where they are in terms of their NGSS understanding and agricultural knowledge. Equipping our participants with the resources they need to reach their goals is an important component of the On The Farm STEM model.
The creation of On The Farm STEM has improved education by providing immersive and one-of-a-kind professional development for educators across the nation. The students of those educators are learning how agriculture can be connected to science.
On The Farm STEM went from just an idea to a national event, with impact across the country as teachers bring what they learned back to their classrooms. Now, the OTF STEM model has expanded to locally certified programs.