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Local FFA Chapters Utilize Microsoft Kits to Learn About Ag
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

Fifty FFA chapters from around the nation have received Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits as part of a collaboration between the National FFA and Microsoft Corp. It's part of the 'For the FFA Blue 365 Challenge,' in which chapters were asked to apply for the FarmBeats Kits by sharing how they would utilize the kits.

"The FFA Blue 365 Challenge and the use of the Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits are key components to transform learning and help with the development of essential digital skills," said Christine White, director leadership, education, assessment and development at the National FFA Organization.

The easy-to-use FarmBeats kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data. The data is then visualized in an online dashboard that provides insights to help students. In addition to the kits, FFA and Microsoft are working together to create activity guides and resources to help chapters get started with using the technology.

The FarmBeats Kits are part of a collaboration announced last year between National FFA and Microsoft to bring innovative technology, science, research, and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of the more than 650m000 FFA student members nationwide.

In Wisconsin, the chapters that applied for the kits included Badger, Darlington, De Soto, Elkhorn, Green Bay East, and Owen-Withee.

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