Summary 2020 — Puerto Rico
Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed
- Promotional Video to present how Agytú Project disseminates and develops educational resources for the benefit of Agricultural literacy.
- InDeCA webpage- Web page to disseminate educational lesson plans developed by The Agytú Project. https://www.uprm.edu/indeca/
- InDeCA Facebook page. To disseminate educational resources, tips and educational strategies for teachers that teaches anything related to agriculture and natural resources. https://www.facebook.com/InDeCAPR/
- InDeCAPR Instagram. To disseminate educational resources, tips and educational strategies for teachers that teaches anything related to agriculture and natural resources. https://www.instagram.com/indeca_pr/
- Journey 2050- Logging information to the game was optimized to include Puerto Rico. Before we realized this problem Puerto Rico was not included among the territories participating in this innovative game.
- Project Agytú Volunteer meetings. Meetings virtually every Friday afternoon to organize activities, distribute tasks and incorporate new ideas.
- Facebook page for Puerto Rico Agriculture in the Classroom- for sharing lessons, grant opportunities and other related material. https://www.facebook.com/Puerto-Rico-Agriculture-in-the-Classroom-104548157703171/
We developed the following resources:
- ¿Quién es mi semilla? (Who is my seed?) (Elementary) https://www.uprm.edu/indeca/wp-content/uploads/sites/309/2021/01/PL_Quien-es-mi-semilla-Elemental.pdf
- Puerto Rico es casi una muestra de suelos de todo el mundo (parte I) (Puerto Rico is almost a soil sample of the world (part I) (Middle/High School) https://www.uprm.edu/indeca/wp-content/uploads/sites/309/2021/01/PL_PR-es-casi-una-muestra-de-suelo-del-mundo-Parte1-Ordenes-de-suelo.pdf
- Puerto Rico es casi una muestra de suelos de todo el mundo (parte II)(Puerto Rico is almost a soil sample of the world (part II) (Middle/High School) https://www.uprm.edu/indeca/wp-content/uploads/sites/309/2021/01/PL_PR-es-casi-una-muestra-de-suelo-del-mundo-Parte2.pdf
- Almidón en los farináceos (Starch in my farinaceous) (Middle/High School) https://www.uprm.edu/indeca/wp-content/uploads/sites/309/2021/01/PL_Almidones-en-los-Farinaceos-IntermediaSuperior.pdf
Translated to Spanish from NAITCO website:
- ¡Panqueques! (Pancakes!)
- Estudio de los huevos (Eggology)
- Comiendo plantas (Eating Plants)
- Invernaderos de escritorio (Desktop Greenhouses)
- ¿Qué le pasa al mundo? Sobrepoblación, hambruna y desperdicio de alimentos. (What is going on in the world? Overpopulation, hunger and food waste). (Middle/High School)
- Desastre o fenómeno ¿Qué hago ahora para alimentarnos? (Disaster o Disturbance: What I should do now to grow food?) (Elementary/middle school)
- Manos a la obra después del fenómeno natural (Hands on work after the natural phenomenon). (Elementary/middle school).
- ¿Cómo conseguimos agua? (How can we find water?). (Elementary/middle school)
- Calendarización de tareas en la finca (Farm task calendarization). (Elementary/middle school)
- Preservación de alimentos tropicales (Food preservation) (All levels)
- ¿Sabes cómo eran los guineos antes de ser el guineo que conoces? (Do you know what the first bananas looked like, before they turned into the bananas you know now?) (Middle/High School)
- Preparación de terreno (Intermedia) Preparing the garden area (Middle school) https://www.redconucos.org/modules/modulo-interactivo-1_intermedia/
- Semillas / Seeds (Elementary) https://create.piktochart.com/output/40999861-modulo-2-semillas
- Composta / Compost https://www.redconucos.org/modules/modulo-3_elemental/
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
- Preservice students demonstrated teaching skills enhancement while teaching the lesson plans they developed in an online environment.
- During virtual presentations children and the general public remained engaged, writing questions and ideas while the lesson was presented.
- Enhanced volunteer commitment during the COVID period creating posts for Facebook and Instagram. Moreover, developing new lessons for teachers.
- Teachers demonstrated acceptance and commitment to our projects, since they participated monthly at the staff meetings to present ideas and disseminate our resources.
Program Leader Biosketch
Puerto Rico has two state contacts:
Olgaly Ramos-Rodriguez is a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Utuado. She has an M.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Kansas State University. She currently coordinates the Sustainable Agriculture program. She participates in outreach programs focusing on connecting students in public schools with agriculture and has developed participatory research projects with small farmers in the rural central area of Puerto Rico. Olgaly has been an Ag in the Classroom State Contact since August, 2019.
Edly Santiago-Andino is a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez. She has a B.S. in Animal Science and a M.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez and a Ph.D. in Environmental Education and in Agricultural Education from Pennsylvania State University. She is the Agricultural Education Teacher Program Coordinator at UPR-Mayaguez. Edly and her students promote agricultural literacy across multiple schools in P.R., developing educational modules and engaging their faculty and students. She has been an Ag in the Classroom State Contact since September, 2019.