Another RE@L STEM Investigation: Farm to Table™ Is Coming to Teachers, Students and Classrooms Near You!
We know our RE@LBlog readers have seen our many stories about and references to our exciting new STEM Investigations package, RE@L STEM Investigation: Water Quality™. The good news is that product is now in the final stages of testing and soon will be available for pilot testing in several key schools.
Then, with critical feedback from both teachers and students, RE@L will test the effectiveness of the software and its textbook-breaking-only approach to hands-on, project-based, team-formed learning. RE@L is committed to testing to ensure that our products meet our own high standards for STEM, as well as our customers.
Even more important to many teachers and students will be access to RE@L’s unique, on-demand resources to aid and abet both teaching and learning. We call this access our RE@LTime Portal™.
Portals are gates that are important to those moving forward. RE@L’s portal is far more modern than an old arched door. All you have to do is open it to find more of what you need.
So, given a real-time gateway to help, both students and teachers will have instantaneous access via the internet to resources, as needed. These new links and sites will supplement their respective tasks, whether it’s a teacher requesting it, or a student.
At RE@L, we call it “On-Demand” Learning! If more help is needed,
RE@LTime Portal can help you find it.
The good news for our readers and future customers is that we will soon begin working on our next-in-line RE@L STEM Investigations product. It’s called, “STEM Investigations: Al the Milkman: From Farm to Table.” That’s Al’s photo on the left.
Water quality is critically important today as our needs grow and clean water supplies are fewer. That’s why we chose it for our first STEM Investigations product. We all need clean water to drink. But, equally important is the food we eat and and the beverages we drink. Milk is popular around the world.
Let’s take a look where our milk comes from, just in case you ever wondered! Here’s our “Al the Milkman” story told in a short minute+ video. Just click on Al’s photo to the left to view it.
It’s a fascinating story how the milk gets from the dairy cow to your bottle. You’ll note Al gets up early every morning, right after the cows are milked. The dairy farmer, of course, has to get up even earlier when the cows are ready to milk.
Note all the many tasks that happen to make sure the milk is collected safely and purely passed by a sterilized hose into Al’s truck for the trip to the local dairy producer. Many tasks lead to many careers.
At the dairy, the milk is pasteurized for greater safety, and homogenized so the cream doesn’t rise to the top of your glass of milk.
Next it’s bottled and sent on its way to your local store for fresh purchase. The “purchase by” date is stamped on each milk bottle, glass or plastic, so they buyer knows it’s fresh.
Many of us think of milk simply as food on our table or in our glass. But how does that milk “miracle” happen? Where does the milk we drink come from? It comes from beyond the store where it was purchased. Why should that be important to each of us?
Because milk and many of our foods are a farm-based commodity, it’s critically important we use our resources well. We all need to know more about milk and other farm resources that are on our tables.
Milk and it’s many byproducts (cheeses of all varieties from American to pepper-jack, cottage cheese, yogurt (just to name a few) and many more milk-based products essential to the healthy diet.
So, in order that we can make sure that good health happens, we need to understand how milk happens to get on our kitchen table. It’s not magic.
It’s STEM at work again: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,
all along the path from the milking cow to the milk bottle in your Fridge….and beyond!
All the way to new careers and job opportunities for tomorrow’s STEM workers.
Our readers will realize that there are a host of STEM careers that connect to the dairy industry: from the cows to milk-truck, to dairy to stores and lastly to your table.
There are many other products that go from the farm to table. It’s important that our students consider taking STEM courses. It’s equally important that teachers also learn more about STEM and its many careers to assist their students in the courses they choose and the careers they consider.
Here’s another link to some other resources we found that may be helpful. We think you will enjoy it too. Check it out! You can take an interactive visual field trip to a farming destination, right from class or from home. Click the graphic to the right!
Stay tuned! More to come!
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