Summer AITC Workshop

Join us June 8-11 for our 2021 Summer AITC Workshop for Teachers!

  • 4 Days of field trips, tours & hands on lesson ideas
  • Geared for pre-K to grade 12 educators
  • Earn 30 PDCHs (professional development clock hours), plus 2 graduate level college credit hours available (optional/additional fee)
  • Learn about FREE resources for STEM lessons aligned with Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards
  • Take home lesson ideas, materials & grant opportunities for use in your classroom next year!

Cost is $50 for the workshop.

Tuition for 2 hours of Graduate Credit from St. Francis University is $200

(Course #REAL 694 R Agriscience Educator Institute)

Instructors: Bridget Caldwell, McLean County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator & Katie Buckley, University of Illinois Extension

Please note:

  • Teachers will be responsible for their own transportation to field trip/tour locations, you can arrange your own carpool if desired
  • Masks & social distancing measures may be in place as per health department guidelines

Registration deadline May 28, 2021

Click here to register

Ag Careers – Explore Fields of Opportunity

Agriculture has fields of opportunity with more than 300 career choices! Check out the career pathways, potential job profiles and more!

McLean County (IL) teachers can request ag careers materials and resources for their classroom: Click here

Reading Materials

Learning Ag-tivities



Corn: Feed, Food, Fuel & More

Corn is McLean County & Illinois’ top crop – but where does it all go? Find out with these learning activities!

McLean County (IL) teachers can request ag mags and ethanol activity kits for their classroom: Click here

Online Reading Materials

Corn Ag-tivities

Books to Read – set up a FREE account on to read these online books for FREE!

Corn Videos

From Farm to Football

Learn more about the farm to football connection with these ag-tivities!

Reading Materials:


Books to Read – set up a FREE account on to read these online books for FREE for 14 days!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Virtual Field Trip

Football Videos

2021 Ag Science Grants

From studying soil to exploring animals – the possibilities are almost endless!

Apply for an Ag Science Grant from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation to add hands-on learning to your classroom. Pick one of the recommended kits (see examples below) or submit your own idea!

Need ideas? Check out the kit list or see last year’s winners here!

Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2021

Click here to apply.

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