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The Science of Agriculture Challenge offers a hands-on learning experience to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders. Your team will work with volunteer coaches and mentors to create projects and build solutions. As a part of the challenge learning process, you'll learn 21st century skills such as critical thinking, team-building, decision making, communications and more!

You will

  • Work to solve an agricultural issue in your community or statewide
  • Work with friends and meet new people
  • Learn how to use science and engineering practices
  • Develop skills you'll use in school and in your future career
  • Compete to win a scholarship

About teams

You can form a team or join one in your county. Teams include 3-5 youth in grades 6-12. Each September, teams present their solutions at a preliminary event to prepare for the state competition at K-State in November. Each member of the top three teams will receive a scholarship to use at the university, college or trade school of their choice. One team can win the Community Engagement Award for sharing the story of their project through community presentations, social and print media.

Teams will

  • Choose a topic to explore
  • Use the eight Science and Engineering Practices to guide your project
  • Work with volunteer coaches and mentors to create and complete the project
  • Learn from agricultural experts in your community
  • Learn about agricultural careers locally and statewide

Ways to sign up

  • Already have your team? Here's the form for coaches to fill out.
  • Not on a team yet? Tell us more about you.
  • Question? Contact Amy Sollock

Getting started

  • Information Sheet (PDF)
  • Project Timeline Sheet (PDF)
  • Coaches and Team Guide (PDF)
  • Pillars of Agriculture Literacy (PDF)
  • Science and Engineering Practices (PDF)

Presentations and judging

  • Science of Agriculture drone presentation example (PDF)
  • Science of Agriculture Challenge Judges Rubric (PDF) - print on 11x17
  • Watch 2015 team presentations (Youtube)

Optional team award

  • Community Engagement Award (PDF)