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Bayer Fund Grant Award - The "Garden Guard Challenge"
Bayer Fund Grant Award - The "Garden Guard Challenge"
Brad Ritchey
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Milton-Union High School was recently awarded $10,000 through the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Bayer Fund for student teams from the Agriculture and STEM programs to collaborate in the creation of garden or greenhouse robots.  Utilizing iRobot Create combined with a variety of sensing technologies, student teams will be challenged to optimize plant production through improved climate control, food safety, pest and disease risk reduction, and data analysis to feed a growing global population through technology integration and sustainable practice.  

The "Garden Guard Challenge" is integral to core content in plant science, ag business, mechanics, robotics, and engineering.  Student learning goals for this challenge include, but are not limited to, utilizing sensors and microcontrollers to facilitate a process, analyzing data to improve systems, and evaluating sustainable farming practices.

Milton-Union High School is excited about the opportunity for students in STEM and Agriculture classes to collaborate on this project.  Special thanks to Alex Trassare, HS/MS Engineering & Robotics Instructor, and Suzanne Kimball, HS/MS Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor.  Mr. Trassare and Ms. Kimball are both Miami Valley CTC teachers operating satellite programs for the Milton-Union Schools.  

This opportunity would not have possible without the strong support of the local farming community especially Karen Hainline, Brian Ressler, Carol Strawser, Jan Strawser, and Greg Bridenbaugh who graciously nominated the district for grant eligibility.  Thank you!