Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge
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See the Soy Scholars: 2016 Research Winners
Congratulations to Evan B. of Pine Bluff High School. Evan won the Soybean Science Challenge awards at the 2016 Arkansas State Science Fair and the Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair with a $1,000 award at the state level and $300 at the regional level.
Project Title: Fighting Pythium aphidnerdermatum in Soybeans: Part II. The purpose of this experiment was to see which out of the three chemical
fungicides: Thiram, Metalaxyl, and Pyraciostrobin, would show the most resistance to the plant
pathogen Pythium aphanidermatum.
Read more about Evan's fight against Pythium Aphidnerdermatum project
Congratulations to Victoria R. of Little Rock Central High School. Victoria won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2016 Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Project Title: Soybean Oil vs AOAC Method. Soybean oil was used in place of Heptane in a filth analysis for popcorn to determine whether or not it would be a suitable replacement.
Read more about Victoria and her Soybean Oil project.
Congratulations to Landon M. of Alma High School. Landon won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2016 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Project Title: Testing the Strength of Eddy Currents. Eddy currents were tested in various metal pipes to see which one would conduct the most eddy currents.
Read more about Landon here.
Congratulations to Darrin M. of Buffalo Island Central High School. Darrin won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2016 Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair.
Project Title: Application and Testing of an Irrigation Advance System Sensor Unit for Water Management. This project focuses on preparing and testing a single sensor unit in controlled conditions so other units can be prepared similarly and deployed for field data collection.
Read more about Darrin and his project.
Congratulations to Makenna M. and Breanan C. at Emerson High School. Makenna and Breanan won the regional round of the Soybean Science Challenge at the 2016 Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair and received a $300 cash award from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.
Project Title: The Effects of Soil pH on Soybean Biomass. Their project was conducted to determine which soil pH results in the greatest soybean biomass produced. Aluminum sulfate was added to soil to lower pH while calcium carbonate was added to soil to raise pH. Their findings showed that the greatest soybean biomass occurred when the pH level was at 5.5.
Read more about their project results.
Congratulations to Cindy Y. and Evalyn B. as winners of the Against All Odds award at the "Real World Design Challenge" in Washington, D.C. in April.
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The Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge is a science enrichment program open to students in grades 9-12.
The Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge program includes:
- Online Soybean Science Challenge course for 9-12th high-school students
- Cash awards for high-school science projects impacting sustainability
- Teacher curriculum resources and ADE approved online in-service training
- Virtual field trips & soybean science mentoring support
- Soybean Seed Store for support of student research
As part of the Soybean Science Challenge Arkansas students and teachers have a unique opportunity to request and obtain soybean seeds applied student research. The seeds, which are all Arkansas varieties, are being provided by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences department seed breeders at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.
- Get Your FREE Soybean Seeds!
Students, parents or teachers can complete the request form and receive up to 500 free soybean seeds to support student research projects.
Three different types of seed/varieties that you can request include:
- Conventional Soybeans
- Roundup Ready Soybeans
- Tofu (food grade) Soybeans
E-Mail your soybean seed order to Tina Hart at the e-mail address provided below or click the following link to complete the online form.
We look forward to seeing the exciting research your students will conduct using this seed.
Questions about soybean seeds?
It's never too early to plant the seeds of science education!
Students who successfully complete the course are eligible for:
- $300 cash awards at Arkansas Regional Science Fairs for original science research projects impacting the soybean industry.
- $1,000 cash award to top soybean research at Arkansas State Science & Engineering Fair
Learn more through this free online science course about the importance of soybean production to the Arkansas economy as a renewable resource for feed, fuel and food across the world.
- Enroll now!
The link below will take you to the University of Arkansas Extension online courses site where you will need to select the course you want to complete. This site will walk you through the steps to create a unique student user account to access the course. You will need to save the user name and password you create for yourself to access the Soybean Science Challenge course.
The Soybean Science Challenge is made possible through a partnership with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and funding generously provided through Arkansas farmer’s soy checkoff funds.
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Game courtesy of the United Soybean Board - Beyond the Elevator.com
For more information on the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, visit their website themiraclebean.com
- Get "Homegrown" Teacher Curriculum Guide
Need some “grab & go” content to supplement your curriculum?
Want to help students make a real-world connection to the science behind Arkansas agriculture?
Take a look at the “homegrown” curriculum resources available to you through the Soybean Science Challenge.
The link below will take you to the UA Extension online courses site where you will need to select:
The next page will walk you through the steps to create a unique user account to access the online teacher curriculum resources. You will need to save the user name and password you create for yourself to access these resources and/or the online teacher in-service in the future.
The Soybean Science Challenge is an educational project funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board to support secondary student scholarship and research to ensure the sustainability of soybean production in Arkansas.
- Soybean Teacher Resources
The Soybean Science Challenge student course educates Arkansas secondary students about soybean uses, as well as, current soil, water, seed, disease, and insect issues that impact production outcomes and agricultural sustainability.
The Soybean Science Challenge Teacher In-Service provides seven (7) hours of ADE approved in-service credit to Arkansas teachers through the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, and Cooperative Extension Service. This course is designed to be a teacher’s guide and companion to the student course, targeted to 9th – 12th grade science students.
The link below will take you to the UA Extension online courses site where you will need to select:
The next page will walk you through the steps to create a unique user account to access the online teacher course. You will need to save the user name and password you create for yourself to access these resources and/or the online teacher in-service in the future.
The Soybean Science Challenge is an educational project funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board to support secondary student scholarship and research to ensure the sustainability of soybean production in Arkansas. The Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge Award program is in its second year and is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.
Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 who successfully complete the Soybean Science Challenge online course and enter a science project in one of the ISEF affiliated fairs are eligible for consideration of cash awards. Applied science projects will be considered from the categories of: biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental management, environmental sciences, microbiology, and plant sciences.
- Meet the 2015 Winners!
Winners of the 2015 Soybean Science Challenge Student Research awards include:
Congratulations to Taylor H. of Alpena High School. Taylor won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair and the $1,000 award at the Southwestern Energy Arkansas State Science & Engineering Fair.
Project Title: Light What?? Phase III. Taylor researched whether or not yields of agricultural crops would be affected by light intensities during solar minimum and solar maximum. She planted rows of soybeans, cotton, and corn and compared the growth of each crop.
Read more about Taylor here.
Way to Go! 2015 Soybean Science Challenge Regional Student Research Winners
Cameron T. - Little Rock Central High School, Central Arkansas Regional Science Fair
Project Title: Effects of the Overcrowding on the Glycine max in a Hydroponic System
Evan B. - Pine Blugg High School, Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair
Project Title: Fighting Pythium aphidnerdermatum in Soybeans
Alexandra G. - Nettleton Junior High School, Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair
Project Title: Glycine Growth Guaranteed with Chlorine?
Emilee W. and Spenser M. - Emerson High School, Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair
Project Title: Aquaponics Farming VS Conventional FarmingRead more about our Soybean Science Challenge Award winning scholars
Winners of the 2014 Soybean Science Challenge Student Research awards include:
Will and Katie W. – Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge Winners – Northwest Arkansas Science & Engineering Fair (Alpena High School)
Project Title: Stress Signals: Evaluating Cellular Signaling in Cotton, Soybeans, and Corn by Colorimetric Means as an Inexpensive Method of Crop Monitoring
At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May, Will and Katie’s project was recognized as one of the top 50 projects representing North, Central, and South America. Will and Katie’s selection came from a total of 1,015 projects from those areas of the world and was based upon the potential economic and social impact of the research
Amerah T. – Central Arkansas Science Fair Winner (Central High School)
Project Title: Watered to Death
Rachel M. – Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge Regional Winner – Northeast Arkansas Science & Engineering Fair (Nettleton High School)
Project Title: Soybeans Starve from Soil SalinityRead more about our student scholars!
- 2015 VFT - Gardens of the Galaxy - The Battle for Food in the Future
- 2014 VFT - Breaking New Ground
Breaking New Ground: Virtual Field Trips Broadcast From a Soybean Field
On August 7th and September 30, 2014 Virtual Field Trips were broadcast live over Zoom from Arkansas soybean fields.
9/30/2014 - View the Virtual Field Trip
The August 7, 2014 topic was Soybean Bugnados! Insects & Agriculture presented by U of A graduate student Ben Thrash. Gus Lorenz, associate department head and extension entomologist, joined Ben in the field for the 25-minute question and answer session which followed. Students submitted over 50 questions through the Zoom chat room. Angie Freel, Arkansas 4-H science and curriculum coordinator, along with county agents, recruited high school 4-H volunteers to test pilot the VFT. Twenty-eight participants accessed the tour from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
The September 30, 2014 topic was Nematode Nemesis presented by Dr. Terry Kirkpatrick along with Shannon Davis. Broadcast live from the Bono, Arkansas, farm of Shannon Davis, students from 15 different counties learned firsthand about how nematodes affect soybeans. Along with Kirkpatrick and Davis, Extension Staff Chairs Randy Chlapecka and Ray Benson answered questions on camera and Soybean Agronomist Jeremy Ross and County Extension Agent Dave Freeze answered through the chat window.
The broadcast utilized a blend of technology. Opening intro and outro videos were produced off site by Blake Bennett, SSC educator and videographer. More than 450 students and teachers from 15 schools across the state have had a unique opportunity to go to the field and not get dirty, as the Cooperative Extension Service brought a science field trip into their homes and classrooms.
Have questions only a nematologist can answer?
Contact Dr. Terry Kirkpatrick - Professor/Extension Plant Pathologist at (870) 777-9702 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the nematode extraction process