[NHDOE-ETNews] Felker Award - A Sweet Classroom Competition

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon Jan 9 09:10:08 EST 2017

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ITEM:  Felker Award - A Sweet Classroom Competition

Maple sugaring is a great New Hampshire tradition, but did you realize all of the scientific processes that can be taught using maple production as an example?  Evaporation, osmotic pressure, Malliard's Reaction, sugar molecules, reverse osmosis, surface tension, GIS technology, botany and more all play a role in producing maple syrup.  Bring these concepts alive in your classroom, produce a quart of maple syrup and enter the Felker Award Competition for a cool $2,000 prize!

The New Hampshire Maple Producers have redesigned their annual Felker Award to include classroom maple production.  The goal is to have your students produce a quart of maple syrup and learn about the scientific concepts along the way. If you want to be in the running for a $2,000 prize, just follow some simple steps:

1.  complete and submit application by 2/1/17
2.  with the help of an assigned mentor, collect roughly 10 gallons of sap and boil it down to a quart of syrup
3.  submit the syrup to the NH Maple Producers by 4/16/17 to be judged at their annual summer meeting

No need to worry, the NH Maple Producers will provide a mentor to help you along the way and possibly loan you the materials as well! NH Agriculture in the Classroom is working on curriculum which focuses on the core academic areas involved in producing maple syrup. Educational materials will be available by the start of the maple sugaring season.

Another great resource is the free maple production workshop being held at the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo on Saturday February 17th at 9:30 am in Manchester.  Learn everything you need to know about producing maple syrup from tree ID to sap collection to boiling syrup.

More Information:   rules<https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_m8Lfd_tvOLa3ZwNV95alBrS28>      application<https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_m8Lfd_tvOLRGZuS21qd2lPOFU>     basic sugaring steps<http://www.tapmytrees.com/pages/collect-sap-make-syrup>     Farm & Forest Expo Schedule<http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org/schedule/>

                                 email NH Maple Producers<mailto:brucectreat at gmail.com>             email NH Agriculture in the Classroom<mailto:nhaitc at nhfarmbureau.org>

                                 Check out the WMUR broadcast on the Felker challenge!  click here<http://www.wmur.com/article/nh-maple-producers-encouraging-young-people-to-get-involved/8489233>

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