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AGRICULTURE

Guided Barn Tours

All ages
An exciting new feature this year will be guided barn tours. Each tour will last roughly 45 minutes, and will walk your students through the world of poultry, beef, dairy, sheep, and swine. The guides can adjust the tour to meet the needs of a wide age range of students.

Poultry and Rabbit Barn

Preschool and elementary
The poultry and rabbit barn is a popular stop for students of all ages! Filled with more than 2,800 coops, features a wide variety of poultry and rabbits. Your students will be amazed at the different shapes, sizes and colors–and they will find a lot to talk about as they see all the different varieties of rabbits, chickens, pigeons, doves, and other poultry.

Agriland

Elementary
Students can learn how agriculture touches their lives every day–from the food they eat to the clothes they wear–through hands-on activities at Agriland in the Pride of Kansas building. They can weigh themselves on a livestock scale, milk a cow, drive a combine, and learn about the soil under their feet. Agriland is located in the Pride of Kansas building, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ag Passport

Elementary
With the Agriculture Passport, students make their way in scavenger hunt style through the birthing center, the milking parlor, various animal exhibits, and the FFA Agriculture education exhibit. Hitting all the stops results in a prize at the Education Information Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway. The Agriculture Passport can be picked up at the Education Information Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or printed in advance by downloading here.

Milking Parlor

All ages
Your students will love watching the milking demonstrations, where they can witness first-hand how milk makes its way from the farm to their table. This live exhibit is narrated by a local dairy professional, who can walk your students through the milking process, the life cycle of a dairy cow and answer all the questions your class might have about milk’s journey to their homes. Demonstrations are daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Birthing Center

All ages
The birthing center offers a unique experience for students to learn about the miracle of life. Since its debut in 1994, young and old have made the birthing center a must see at the Kansas State Fair.
Students can learn about the birthing process, as well as gain insights about animal agriculture, veterinary medicine, and responsible pet ownership. Newborn calves, lambs, goats, and piglets are always a hit and can help your students better understand life cycles and food production. The Birthing Center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

FFA Agriculture

All ages
The FFA Agricultural Education Building features activities that appeal to a variety of students. FFA representatives provide live, educational demonstrations and hands-on educational activities that help students learn more about Kansas agriculture. As a bonus, this is the home of the grand champion 4-H/FFA beef, sheep, goat and swine. The FFA Education Building is open from 8:30 a.m. until dark, and each visit takes roughly 15 minutes.

STEAM

STEAM Ahead

Elementary
This structured lesson plan will give you the tools you need to help your students leverage their day at the Kansas State Fair to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Ag, and Math–all through the array of agricultural displays available.
These lesson plans are built for students in 2nd through 4th grade, and conform to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards–although they can be tailored to meet your needs for your specific class and lesson planning.

Science

Dr. Goddard's Lab

All ages
Dr. Goddard’s Lab is an interactive show that uses live rocketry demonstrations to teach students about force and propulsion, as well as early history of rockets. The lab is presented by the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum, and is named after Dr. Robert Goddard, an American engineer credited with creating the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926.

Science Passport

Elementary
With the Science Passport, students make their way in scavenger hunt style through science-related activities and exhibits. Hitting all the stops results in a prize at the Education Information Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway.

Pollinator Garden

All ages
Join Pam Paulsen, Reno County K-State Research & Extension Horticulture Agent, as she helps you learn how to start a pollinator garden at home. This educational demonstration can help you attract butterflies and honeybees to your garden–which is good for the environment and your gardens. Reno County Master Gardeners will also be on hand to discuss other garden related topics and answer questions. Demonstrations are held daily at 1:30 and 6p.m.

Math-on-a-stick

Intermediate grades
If you think food is the only thing that comes on a stick at the Kansas State Fair, you haven’t seen Math-on-a-stick. This fun learning exercise helps your students explore the fairgrounds through the lens of mathematics, angles, and simple machines.
Pick up Math-on-a-stick game boards at the Education Center in the Oz Gallery, or download and print here. Your students will be asked to identify and record acute, right, straight, and reflex angles, which can be found throughout the Fair. Additionally, the game encourages students to identify simple machines, like wedges, screws, and pulleys. Once completed, students will be able to turn in their game board for a prize.

Basics of Electricity and Electrical Safety Demonstration

Intermediate grades
Your students’ eyes will light up as they learn about circuits and voltage in the Kansas State Fair’s Basics of Electricity exhibit. Students can build their own electrical circuits using copper wire, D-cell batteries, and a small light bulb that lights up when they’re done. Along the way, they’ll learn about electrons, energy, and how electricity moves along an unbroken pathway.
Journeyman linemen with the Kansas Electrical Cooperative provide a high-voltage demonstration on how electricity works that will energize students of all ages. Participants will learn how to tell when a line is energized, see what protective gear linemen use and why, and find out happens to a person who comes in contact with an energized line–as well as why electricity arcs and why birds can land safely on power lines. This popular demonstration runs every 15-to-20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Art & Language

Ferris Wheel ABC

Preschool and early elementary
The Kansas State Fair is filled with wonder–and words that start with every letter of the alphabet. Ferris Wheel ABC is a fun and creative word game, where students can excitedly search the fairgrounds for items that begin with each letter. When they complete their game cards, you can swing by the Education Center to grab a prize. Download a printable copy of Ferris Wheel ABC here.

DoArt

Preschool and elementary
Let your students’ imaginations run wild at DoArt with this year’s theme of wall pennants. We’ll provide your class with supplies and assistance to create their own masterpieces. This hands-on exhibit is a popular stop for school groups and the public, and it offers the chance for children to explore their creativity and their ability–all while creating a tangible memory from their time at the Kansas State Fair. DoArt requires school groups to make reservations in advance and be supervised by at least two adults per classroom. Do Art is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Art Passport

Elementary
Join our art-venture on the fairgrounds to learn more about different types of art. Pick up your free passport at the Education Information Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway, or print it from our website in advance. Children that complete all five Art Passport stops receive a prize at the Education Information Center.


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