HALSTEAD — The Kansas Learning Center for Health received a check from Farmers Coop Elevator for $10,074 on Aug. 28, a donation that will partly fund the creation of a new exhibit in the museum.
KLCH Graphic Designer and Exhibit Coordinator Tricia Weber is in charge of the project to add an agriculturally-themed display to the museum.
"Tricia has designed a 'Farm to Family' exhibit," said KLCH Executive Director Carrie Herman.
"Farm to Family" will be an interactive exhibit intended to teach children of all ages how their food makes its way from a farm to their table.
Using iPad apps, a video simulator and a miniature field diorama (showing irrigation systems, tractors, sprayers, farm equipment, storage facilities and more), "Farm to Family" will show students how corn, wheat and milk are processed and distributed.
Designed to appeal to kinesthetic, auditory, visual and tactile learners, "Farm to Family" was envisioned as a way to get students thinking about pursuing agriculture as a career, as well as showing them where food comes from before it gets to the grocery store.
The nation's second oldest health museum, KLCH focuses on dental health, nutrition, body systems knowledge, human reproduction and drug prevention both in their facility in Halstead and in classrooms around the state. Around 15,000 students are benefitted by KLCH programs each year.
FCE President Jack Queen said he expects the company's donations to be matched by other regional coops and donors to fully fund the "Farm to Family" exhibit, which is estimated to cost at least $30,000 to construct and install.
For more information about KLCH, visit http://www.learningcenter.org or call 316-835-2662.