Thursday, 13 October 2011 11:51

Seed Survivor a major hit in Picture Butte

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By Jamie Woodford
Picture Butte
Students at Picture Butte’s Dorothy Dalgliesh Elementary School received an educational treat when Agrium’s Seed Survivor mobile display rolled into town Sept. 29.

The classroom on wheels is filled with curriculum-based, interactive learning stations that teach students about plant growth and survival.

“Seed Survivor is all about what plants need to grow and where our food comes from,” said Lindsey Metheral, program co-ordinator with Agrium.

“The message for students is simple: ‘We grow healthy plants so you can grow healthy and strong’.”

School principal Shuttleworth said the students were excited to experience a different way of learning.

“They’re just thrilled with it, especially getting inside the trailer,” she said.

Nearly 130 students from Grades 1 to 6 were engaged in hands-on activities that explained the key elements a plant needs to thrive from planting a seed all the way to bringing food to the table.

“There’s  a lot of multi-media things going on inside, so a lot of games, a lot of activities for them to do that helps them learn about plants and how to do the planting and what the plants need in order to survive,” she said.

Half of the Seed Survivor presentation was spent on the stations inside the trailer and the other half was spent outside with a plant nutrition lesson. Afterwards, students planted their own sunflower seeds to care for.

Shuttleworth said given that Picture Butte and the surrounding area is heavy on agriculture, the mobile classroom was a great opportunity for the school.

“It’s a great experience for us, and we’re really excited that they were able to stop here,” she said.

“It’s really helped the kids see things in a different way, and they have been very engaged. You can tell that they really are learning.”

She added because Seed Survior is a curriculum-based program, teachers can use it to expand on  science studies in the classroom.

The trailer was introduced last year as a pilot project by Agrium, an international producer of fertilizers and other agricultural products.

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