Area youth participate in UWP hands-on career day

March 21, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - On Thursday, April 10, sophomore and junior high school students from the southern half of Wisconsin, as well as Illinois and Iowa, will have an opportunity to experience hands-on learning in several areas of agriculture.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Agriculture will be hosting a Hands-On Career Exploration Day, which will allow the students to take part in workshops involving horticulture, reclamation, environment and conservation and soil and crop science. The workshops will take place in the relatively new greenhouse facility and Russell Hall.

Students will have a welcome and a presentation from the office of admission at 10 a.m. They will then go to their respective workshops. After the workshops, they will eat lunch at Glenview Commons and then have a campus tour.

For the horticulture workshop, students will make their own Bonsai garden, which they can take home with them. The reclamation, environment and conservation workshop will involve a global positioning system (GPS) treasure hunt. Students will try to find items using GPS technology. The soil and crop workshop will analyze forage and grain crops for a variety of factors including protein, fiber and nutrients. Students can bring in their own samples to test.

Several UWP professors and organization members will be teaching the workshops. Dr. Mike Compton and the Horticulture Club will teach horticulture workshop. Dr. Tom Hunt and the Reclamation Club will teach the reclamation, environment and conservation workshop. Dr. Roger Higgs and the Agronomy Club will help with the soil and crop workshop.

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