Global Impact STEM Academy students go on a virtual field trip Monday as they listen and ask questions of a farmer in his field with his cows from their classroom. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield STEM students take virtual field trip to beef farm

Global Impact STEM Academy students toured a cattle farm this week without having to leave their classroom.

A virtual field trip is the latest educational advancement being tested at the science, technology, engineering and math school. Students in seventh and eighth grade sat at their desks Monday afternoon while watching a beef farmer talk live about his job.

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The farmer, Craig Corry in Greene County, stood next to his cattle and explained to students what goes into making sure customers get the best meat and products. He also answered questions from the students in real time.

“Most of the students have never had the opportunity to tour a farm,” seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Amy Jo Henry said. “This is an opportunity to see a beef production facility to get questions answered first hand from a producer and to be able to interact with that producer to ask a very open question.”

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Global Impact STEM Academy, Mt. Gilead Middle School in Mt. Gilead and Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Columbus all participated in the virtual tour. The students were able to communicate with each other as well.

“Students all over the state are doing the same thing and so we get to also interact with the other students,” Henry said.

Global Impact students will likely go into many different careers after high school but they will all benefit from learning about the food industry, Henry said.

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“It is important for our students to have a great understanding of where their food comes from and how’s it made,” Henry said. “We also want our students to be educated consumers so that as they go through high school and beyond they can see a clear connection between producer, processor manufacturer and consumer.”

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