Aggie Days Teacher Info
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AGGIE DAYS - A FREE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10- Friday, April 12, 2013
HOURS: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: BMO Centre - Stampede Park
The Calgary Stampede's Agriculture Education Committee extends an invitation to elementary teachers and their students to attend Aggie Days . Aggie Days is an excellent opportunity for students, grade 1 through grade 6, to learn more about Alberta's agricultural industry. There is no charge to participate in this program.
NOTE: To maximize a safe and quality presentation, pre-registration is required and grade specific days have been designated. This will accommodate a better opportunity to present material that meets divisional designated curriculum.
PLEASE NOTE THE GRADE SPECIFIC DAYS AS FOLLOWS:
If you would like to be put on a wait list, we encourage you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Grades 1, 2, & 3 - This day is full - Registration Closed
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Grades 4, 5, & 6 - This day is full - Registration Closed
Friday, April 12, 2013 - Grades 1, 2 & 3 - This day is full - Registration Closed
Agriculture is Canada's leading industry, employing one third of our work force. It is important for students to find out what is happening "out on the farm" and how agriculture impacts our daily lives. The displays and interactive activities, hosted by the Agriculture Education Committee, industry organizations and volunteers, are designed to help your students learn more about Alberta's agricultural and historical legacy. It's a day of displays and 'hands on" interactive activities. Some of the curriculum related learning centers include:
COW MILKING, FLOUR MILLING, EGG PRODUCTION, GRAIN FARMING, SHEEP SHEARING, EQUINE PRESENTATIONS, SUSTAINABILITY, AG HISTORY, BLACKSMITHING, BEEF CATTLE, SECONDARY EDUCATION, ROPE MAKING, CROP SCIENCE, WATER CONSERVATION, POULTRY PRODUCTION, PLANT NUTRIENTS.
We encourage you to bring your class down for a full day. Aggie Days exhibits will be closed every day between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. During this time all classes in attendance will be offered a rodeo presentation in the Stampede Corral. Students staying all day should bring a bag lunch to eat at noon in the Corral. There will be a concession open in the Corral during the lunch hour.
We are very proud of this award winning program and hope your students are able to come and learn about the world of agriculture.
Agrium is back with their "hands-on" Seed Survivor exhibit for children. This interactive display is based on the Alberta science curriculum with a focus from grades 1 through 6. If you have seen it, you will know it is a very popular exhibit during Aggie Days! It features multi-media and virtual reality games, an insect video scope, a sunflower seed planting station, a watershed center, talking walls and much more.
Seed Survivor was designed to teach youth that plants need water, light, healthy soil, and nutrients to survive. It also teaches them that plants are essential for human survival by producing food, income, oxygen and enjoyment for us all.
GRAIN ACADEMY TOURS
We would also encourage teachers to book a tour of the Grain Academy as part of your Aggie Days experience. This academy is located on the upper level of the BMO Centre and is an excellent educational presentation providing insight into the past, present and future of Alberta's dynamic grain industry. This experience will provide children with the opportunity to touch, smell, hear and see the fabric of Alberta's grain industry. Tours must be booked in advance by calling 403-263-4594.
BAYER art challenge
"What Will Farming Look Like When You Grow Up?" Work as a class to show us what you think! The Art Challenge is a classroom competition open to Grades 1-6. Check out the Challenge guidelines and rules for more information.
AGGIE DAYS SHOWCASE
Aggie Days Showcase is an Art Show geared specifically for the Special Needs Community. This truly unique showcase encourages participants to share their story any creative way that they choose! Simply convey what you like best about Aggie Days. Every entry will be considered and prizes will be awarded through a random draw. Entries will be on display at Aggie Days 2013, April 10 - 14. Please fill out an application found on this site and submit it with your artwork!
|Event Dates:||April 10–12, 2013|
|Early Entry Date:||October 10, 2012 8:30 AM|
|Entry Closing Date:||February 1, 2013 4:30 AM|
Confirmation of your requested day will be emailed to you so please be sure to provide an email address. If email is not an option please provide a fax number.
Register on-line or fax your application to 403-261-0495.
Buses should unload at the main entrance (south side of building) to the BMO Centre. Stampede volunteers will be available at this entrance to confirm the schools, number of attendees and to assist with disembarking of the buses and provide directional information. Volunteers will also be available to assist with the loading of buses for pick-up. Buses coming for pick-up will be directed to park and will be marshalled to a pick-up area for safer boarding. More information will be distributed at a later date on the bus pick-up procedure.
Buses will be given free parking but cars pay a parking fee of $15.00.
Teacher Tips For Attending Aggie Days
* Have your students circulate around the Aggie Days displays in a sequential order. That way they won't miss anything.
* The demonstration area in the main hall of Aggie Days will have presentations (Sheep Shearing, Stock Dog, Horse, etc.) conducted at frequent intervals throughout the day. Make sure the shorter students are near the front during demonstrations. Our presenters will usually ask the smaller ones to come to the front.
* Formal demonstrations (Beef, and Cow Milking) are conducted at frequent intervals throughout the day.
* Other presentations are conducted continuously, when the exhibitors determine they have a receptive group at their booth. If one presentation is crowded, have your students move on to another and return there later.
* Ask questions and encourage your students to inquire. This can be accomplished through either preparing a questionnaire for the students or asking them to develop a questionnaire keeping in mind the exhibitors that are participating. A listing of the exhibitors will be posted by the middle of February and will be udpated on a regular basis.
* Remind your supervisors/helpers to have the students in their group remain at a presentation booth for the entire presentation. Most of the presentations last only a few minutes.
* Relax, enjoy, and have fun!
* Please ensure that all Aggie Days visitors know the location of the WASH STANDS so that they may wash their hands after touching the animals. The hand washing stands are centrally located in the center-front and rear area of the Aggie Days exhibition hall. Hand sanitizer dispensers will also be located throughout the exhibition hall.
* Alberta's agriculture means animals, and hay and straw dust. Teachers are asked to be aware of any students with allergic problems well before the date of their Aggie Days visit. These students might be medicated before arival or asked not to attend this excursion.
* It is recommended that each child have a nametag, which also includes the school phone number.
The "Final Attendance form", sent out in the teacher confirmation package, will be collected by the Stampede Volunteer who meets your bus. If you are not arriving via bus, please ensure that your form is delivered to the volunteer greeter or the Information desk located inside the main entrance of the Aggie Days Hall.
Aggie Days Curriculum Correlation - for Alberta Elementary Teachers
Provides some correlations between the Aggie Days program and the Alberta Program of Study for Division I & II.