Science & Math

Science & Math.

The 1930s saw the birth of many new agricultural technologies that would come to fruition in the 40s and beyond, despite the challenges that the Depression posed.

  • Drought explores the impact of water – and the lack of it – on various soil types and conditions.
  • Food from Plants helps students consider what makes any particular plant edible and what makes a fruit a fruit.
  • Food for Everyone! In this lesson, edible plants are processed into actual food items, like ice cream, bread, pancakes, Kool-Aid and a cake. In the process they gain an understanding of kitchen chemistry.
  • Genetics opened up the miracles of hybrid crops during the 1930s, and this lesson explores the science.
  • Simple Machines are a farmer’s basic tools. No matter how advanced the tractor or implement, they are all based on the lever, the wedge, the screw, the pulley, wheel and axel, and the inclined plane.
  • Interest Rates became household topics of conversation after the stock market crash and bank crisis of the 30s. This lesson gives students an understanding of how interest rates are calculated and applied.
  • No Lights Tonight. Before REA brought electricity to the farm, rural homes were lit by kerosene lamps or battery powered lights. This lesson explores the science of batteries.
  • Radio & Sound were scientific marvels during the 30s that decreased the isolation of rural residents. This lesson explores the science that led to this innovative news and entertainment medium.
  • Garbage, Garbage, Garbage gets recycled on a farm into fertilizers.





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