Elementary students experience “Ag in Action” at O’Connor HS

What: “Ag in Action” Fair

When: October 1-3, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch break 11:15-11:50 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday)

Where: 12221 Leslie Road, 78023, Vickery Building and Ag Barns (map available on arrival)

Who:  300 O’Connor HS students and 1,400 fourth graders

Details:

Each fall, O’Connor High School hosts “Ag in Action” for more than1,400 elementary school students. High school students serve as tour guides and presenters, showing the younger students different facets of agriculture.

Every 15 minutes fourth grade classes rotate to new stations to learn about different aspects of agriculture – from horticulture, nutrition, and agriculture mechanics to sessions that bring students into contact with steer, goats, swine, sheep, and poultry.

The unique three-day event provides elementary school students with an opportunity to learn about agriculture in a meaningful, real-world setting and make connections with curriculum including science, math, and geography.

This year, the Advanced Plant and Soil Sciences classes have developed a presentation with the district science specialists that relates to the elementary science curriculum.

O’Connor is the only NISD high school to offer an agriculture science program.

Since 1998, almost 40,000 fourth graders and 8,200 high school students have participated in Ag in Action.

Other partners sharing their expertise as presenters include the Texas Farm Bureau and Southwest Dairy Association.