FCC AgExpert partners with 14-year-old innovator
Agriculture is one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world and 14-year-old Luke Silinski is inspiring his peers to be a part of it. The Canadian farm kid’s summer plans include the realization of a dream, the launch of an ag tech learning program he created as part of his company, Ag Tech STEAM.
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgExpert has joined Ag Tech STEAM as a key partner in the development of the online learning series that teaches rural youth about the exciting science, engineering, art and math fields of agriculture.
Created by Silinski, Ag Tech STEAM is offering the learning modules especially for students who live in rural and remote areas. Luke is passionate about sharing technology with the next generation of farmers.
“For kids who can’t get to coding or engineering camps, or hop a bus to their local library, we can bring those skills to them through online programs at agtechsteam.com.” Silinski explains, “I want to help kids access ag tech and STEAM projects wherever they live.”
FCC AgExpert recognizes the importance of teaching young students how agriculture intersects with technology so they can build fulfilling career paths that will also advance the industry.
“This partnership supports Ag Tech STEAM by giving families access to educational materials without them having to travel to urban centres, pay for expensive courses or buy costly equipment,” says Fred Wall, marketing vice-president at FCC. “Agriculture relies heavily on technology and ‘smart farming’ is a key to the future. From bugs, soil, and plants to livestock and equipment, technology, robotics and computers are involved, but we need the people to make it happen.”
Ag Tech STEAM calls the learning modules, “content packs,” and the first one will be available this summer focusing on entomology. With over 50 content packs in the works, students will be able to access tools and projects on a variety of topics including crop and soil sciences. Each will explore activities that fall under the STEAM themes of science, technology, engineering, art and math. They will include both online and hands-on projects and experiments. Students can register for these content packs through agtechsteam.com.
To assist Ag Tech STEAM in the creation of content, Silinski is working with Olds College Smart Farm team. “Through our partnership with FCC and Ag Tech STEAM we are providing mentorship and access to our in-house experts,” comments Dr. Joy Agnew, association vice-president, applied research, at Olds College.
Silinski has grown up around farming and his dream is to teach kids about ag tech.
“I noticed a lot of my classmates didn’t have access to ag tech, but they loved farming. I want them to know they can learn both agriculture and other fun and challenging areas like coding, robotics and engineering.”
Canadian farms are evolving to sustainably support the world’s population by meeting the technological needs of a digital ag world. FCC AgExpert is excited to support Ag Tech STEAM as it strives to give the next generation of farmers the knowledge to lead Canadian agriculture.
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