The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched an enhanced version of MyAmericanFarm.org, a free online, interactive gaming platform that focuses on third- through fifth-grade students.
The new version offers more agriculture-related games and activities for kids, along with educator resources. “My American Farm” was developed to engage millions of youth, teachers and parents through unique educational experiences, educator resources and fun family activities in an online environment, AFBFA officials point out.
The effort started with five games in MyAmericanFarm.org, which has been expanded to 12. It now includes in-the-classroom field trip videos, e-comics, interactive quizzes and more. Some of the games include: Ag Across America, Keys to Stewardship, Harvest This! and Farmers’ Market Challenge. All of the games and activities are subject-matter focused and agriculturally themed so that students learn through math, science, social studies, language arts and health.
“Our overall goal for the game is to teach agricultural subject matter through entertainment,” says Curtis Miller, director of education for AFBFA. He adds that the new enhanced version of “My American Farm” would not be possible without sponsorship from Pioneer Hi-Bred, which pledged $500,000 over three years to support the project. The free games, activities and educator resources are available to everyone at myamericanfarm.org.