Congratulations to GSB Lower School Science and STREAMS Teacher Lynn Prosen who received the 2022 National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Corteva Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award! This award, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education.
“Congratulations to all of the award winners on their success,” said Eric Pyle, NSTA President. “Each one of these incredible educators has repeatedly gone above and beyond their role as a teacher to inspire their students and colleagues, helping them move towards a brighter future, and demonstrating what is possible in science teaching and learning.”
As part of her award application, Mrs. Prosen submitted a third grade science lesson about heredity and inheritance using the sheep at Home Winds Farm as the model organism.
“This lesson was designed for students to observe, collect, and interpret data to provide evidence that animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms,” said Mrs. Prosen. “The Jacobs and Cormo sheep have specific traits that are easily observable. The Third Graders took note of the horns, wool color, and other traits and were able to trace specific traits back to the parents.”
Mrs. Prosen believes that students need to have experiences that connect them to the land and to their food sources to discern the complexities of our natural ecosystems, food systems, and the impact on the natural world. GSB’s Home Winds Farm provides a unique ecological campus that allows for placed-based learning experiences and the integration of agricultural lessons into science lessons.
“When I started at GSB twelve years ago, we had not yet acquired Home Winds Farm,” said Mrs. Prosen. “The farm provides so many scientific phenomena for students to discover and explore. Home Winds is so dynamic, and the on-site lessons help students to get excited for science and to learn how we connect to the natural world surrounding us.”