STEMsational Ag: The Virtual Farm


This course consists of twelve modules or categories on interesting facts about where our food comes from, how to prepare and preserve foods at home, important elements of nutrition you can use in your daily life, and projects you can pursue for yourself and with your children. You’ll also learn how science, technology, engineering, and math are used in agriculture, and why they are so important to humanity. You might even discover a career path you’d like to pursue in agriculture that you never knew about before. This program is designed to be informative and fun! 

Course Description

Welcome to STEMsational Ag: The Virtual Farm! Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Health and Human Services, in partnership with the School of Agriculture’s Fermentation Department, presents “STEMsational Ag: The Virtual Farm”.

Where does our food and clothing come from? There’s a lot more to Agriculture, the system that provides us with crops we eat and fibers we use to make clothing, than most people are aware of. Students will learn about this amazing modern industry with roots that stretch back to the beginning of civilization through the Modules and Units that cover a wide range of topics. Everyone is sure to learn something new!

All Modules and Units are absolutely FREE! They were created by experts and open the door for you to learn about food preservation, backyard produce cultivation, farm animals, and the importance of bees, just to name a few topics. Your very own home kitchen and yard will be your personal learning laboratories.


Course Outline

Module 1: Cereal – Thinking Outside the Box

Module 2: Dairy in the Kitchen

Module 3: Save it for Later

Module 4: Chicken Coop, Chicken Soup

Module 5: Fast Food at Home

Module 6: All About Cows

Module 7: Bacon the Pig

Module 8: What’s in the Barn?

Module 9: Barnyard Buddies, Pasture Pals

Module 10: Feed the Bees

Module 11: My Own Garden

Module 12: Farm Fashion


Course Details

This course targets students in all 11 states in the USDA designated Southeast Region (AR, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, GA, AL) and will be culturally and geographically appropriate for use in other states, regions, and provinces with similar agricultural and social environments.

The curriculum will present STEM topics to include food preparation and preservation. The hands-on activities will build practical skills for students without requiring parents or educators to have first-hand knowledge for successful implementation and instruction. These activities will encourage the maximization of limited resources while empowering students, parents and teachers to take control of their food management during uncertain times. This rapid response grant is in response to the SARS-COV-2 Pandemic.

Course Developed by:
Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Health and Human Services, in partnership with the School of Agriculture’s Fermentation Department supported through a grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture. More information is available through Middle Tennessee State University STEMsationalAg: The Virtual Farm

This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Education and Workforce Development Program. [grant no. 2021-67037-33380/project accession no. 1024880], from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government or policy.


  Real world applications of learning
  Interaction Opportunities
  100% Self-paced
  Cost per student: FREE




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 Start Date: August 18, 2021
 End Date: October 31, 2025
 Duration:  100% self paced
 Cost: FREE

Registration is open as of August 18, 2021.

8752 seats available.
Price: Free