State Summary 2017 — Pennsylvania
None reported for 2017
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
We hosted our state Educator's Ag Institute. There were 36 educators who participated.
Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab - Completed 153 week-long bookings in schools across PA and instructed 95,625 students through hands on science experiments related to agriculture. 36 new schools experienced the program, while 76% of visits were at schools where program had been in previous years.
Ag on the Go- Completed 55 visits to inner city schools in 4 major cities across the state with 100% funding for schools. Reached 4,125 3rd-5th grade students in qualifying title one classrooms.
Conducted 4 Food, Land & people trainings were held providing educational materials to 115 educators to assist them in incorporating agriculture into their classrooms.
Initiated PA Ag Literacy Week program activating volunteers from ag community to visit classrooms to read a book and complete an activity with K-2 classrooms. 193 volunteers read to 421 classrooms and reached 8,400 K-2 students.
Annual Ag Literacy Outreach Activity was an interactive hop scotch board focusing on the work farmers do to care for their animals, plants, and natural resources. Activity utilized technology to incorporate videos of PA farmers tell their story. Over 24,000 attendees participated with interactive display, received commodity visor and take-home educational activity sheet at 3 major public events.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
95,625 students, grades k-8, were educated last year in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, with pre/post surveys showing a 10% increase in agricultural literacy.
4,125 inner-city students, grades 3-5, received hands-on science instruction, related to agriculture through the Ag on the Go program.
Reached 24,000 attendees at 3 other major public events promoting general agricultural literacy.
8,400 students, K-2, met a member of PA's agricultural community while learning about where their food comes from through an ag accurate book and activity as part of our inaugural PA Ag Literacy Week program.
Pre/Post assessments of the 36 Ag Institute participants showed an increase in their ag awareness, as well as attitude towards agriculture and its importance.
Tonya Wible, Director of Education for the PA Friends of Ag Foundation, is serving her 5th year as PA State Contact for NAITC. Tonya's connection to PA AITC began in 1998 when she attended Pennsylvania's summer AITC workshop. She returned the following year to serve as a presenter, and continued to present at the summer workshop until 2003, when she left the regular classroom to assist PA Farm Bureau's PA Friends of Foundation with the launch of their Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program as a means of response to the growing need for agricultural education that its members were seeing. With a BS ED in Elementary Education and a BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University, she brought to the program not only 6 years of classroom experience from her time at Chambersburg Area School District, but also a strong connection to agriculture and its importance, as she grew up on a dairy farm in Chambersburg, PA. As Education Director, she oversees all aspects of the Foundation's ag literacy efforts, including program development and expansion, curriculum development, promotions, and trainings. She serves as state affiliate for Food, Land and People. Tonya and her colleagues within the PA Friends of Ag Foundation are working to incorporate all of their educational efforts as part of their NAITC programming, as well as expand the scope of the educational programs and resources they offer.