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Elizabethton FFA receives grant to secure Robotic Gardening System

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Elizabethton FFA received a “Living to Serve” grant from the National FFA Organization and Tractor Supply Company. This grant will allow the chapter to secure a cutting edge, CNC robotic farming robot called FarmBot Genesis.

FarmBot in high schools can provide a hands-on extracurricular technical project that inspires students to pursue further education in STEM fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering, robotics, and soil science.

Over 500 educational institutions have integrated FarmBot into their curriculum – inspiring the next generation of farmers and empowering young engineers with capstone experiences and research opportunities like no other.

Mr. Agan, Elizabethton FFA Advisor, and agriculture instructor hopes to use the FarmBot to engage students of various interests.

“Agriculture is more than soil and a seed- it’s a science. From chemistry to computer programing, there is opportunities for any student interested in feeding the world” said Mr. Agan.

It is the goal of the program for the agriculture program to work with the computer sciences, marketing, and culinary programs.

More information on the FarmBot system can be found on their website, www.farm.bot.