Offering Kits Promoting the Science of Soybeans for Students November 13th, 2012

Date: November 13, 2012
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Offering Kits Promoting the Science of Soybeans for Students

Madison, WI, November 13, 2012— Soybeans—a Wisconsin agricultural product used for food, fuel, newspaper ink and a host of household products—are a science lesson in themselves.  Now, through the partnership efforts of Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, educators can obtain Soybean Science Kits for students in grades four through nine.

Designed by Purdue University researchers, the kits and curriculum introduce elementary, middle and high school students to the fundamentals of science while highlighting renewable biological resources. Soybean Science Kits are ideal teaching tools for classrooms, after-school programs, and 4-H groups.

Nicolet High School Science Teacher Karyl Rosenberg of Glendale, Wis., shares how she incorporates soybean science lessons in the classroom. “Soybean Science is a truly amazing thing. Having students realize that this humble little bean plays such a big role in their lives is truly wonderful. The activities in the kit are useful in a wide variety of classes, but I particularly like the lip balm and candle making for Consumer Chemistry and the Putt-Putt boats for energy transfer activities in Physics.”

As versatile as the soybean itself, each kit contains everything needed for 30 students to participate in 21 hands-on experiments and exercises. The Soybean Science Kit includes two new biotechnology lessons, an instructional video, and an interactive CD-ROM. The lessons are aligned with National Science Education Standards. Lesson topics range from polymers to oil and biotechnology.  Activities include germinating and growing soybeans, chromatography using soybean leaves, and oil and water emulsion lessons. The Soybean Science Kit teaches students about the uses of polymers, and how soybean oils are used in products as diverse as salad dressings, lip balm, candles and crayons. Biotechnology topics include DNA modeling and DNA extraction.

To find a sponsored kit near you, visit the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom website and click on Soybean Science Kits. You can also contact program coordinator Darlene Arneson at 608-828-5719 or e-mail

To learn more about the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and its work in the community, visit the website at

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The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.