IL AITC Project Grants

Expand your classroom resources with a project grant from Illinois Ag in the Classroom!

Grants for up to $300 can be used to purchase materials for agricultural teaching units, classroom presentations, career fairs and more.

Items that are not eligible for grant funding include field trips, landscaping, plants, incubators and one time use consumables.

Find all the details and apply here.

Application deadline: October 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Purple Plow Challenge: Growing Green

Fall 2019 Purple Plow Challenge – Growing Green

In this challenge, students will learn about energy in various forms and design as well as build and share a solution that diversifies energy consumption.

Students will research, students will design, test and demonstrate a solution to answer the question: How can we improve or diversify the way agriculture generates or consumes energy?  Get all the resources here: https://www.purpleplow.org/challenges/

Challenge deadline Nov. 22!

STEAM Workshop Series

Explore STEAM and learn more about incorporating it into your classroom. Earn professional credit hours and collaborate with professionals from University of Illinois Extension, Ag in the Classroom and other teaching professionals.

Weather and Climate | October 23, 2018

Learn more about incorporating STEAM
when studying weather and climate. Explore some of the kits and resources
available to support your lessons or activities.

Experiential Learning Model | November 27, 2018

Explore 4-H curriculum, workshops and long-term programs that are all based on the Experiential Learning Model. This model can be implemented to increased youth engagement when including STEAM in lessons or activities.

Soil and Plants | January 22, 2019 – CANCELLED

Soil, seed germination, plant growth, soil conservation — all of these topics and more will be covered in this workshop. Explore the kits and resources available to support plant and soil activities or lessons.

Plant and Animal Life Cycles | February 26, 2019

Compare, contrast and explore inter-dependency between plant and animal life cycles. This workshop will support lessons and activities done during Chick it Out in April.

Junk Drawer and Maker Space | March 19, 2019,

Engineering and creativity combine during this workshop. Learn more about how to engage youth to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills through challenges. Explore the resources available to support you.