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'Mud, mud, glorious mud but what about sand, silt and clay? '

Several cheap and easy activities that can be replicated by teachers, AITC staff and volunteers to help students, literally, get a feel for Soil Science. Materials will be on hand for you to try your hand at these hands-on, minds-on activities. Learn about current research that equates studying/playing/planting in soil with improved brain function due to exposure to Mycobacterium vaccae, a naturally occurring bacterium in the soil. 'See' just how important soil is from its smallest particle size, clay at .002 millimeters to gravel at 2 millimeters plus

Mini-Workshop Session (activity should be easily demonstrated in 20 minutes and will be repeated 3 times on Friday)
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Craig Wilson
Email: cwilson@science.tamu.edu
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Person Type: Primary Presenter
State: Texas
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Main Phone: 512-636-9031
Biosketch: Dr. Wilson collaborates with Farm Bureaus of TX, AR & TN. He was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland Grew up in England and attended Oxford University. He met his Texan wife in Iceland and they had their three children in The Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Africa. His office is in the USDA Building in College Station, alongside which has been created a USDA People’s Garden complete with Monarch Waystation (butterfly garden), pond and ‘Texas pocket prairie’ where students are able to spend a day working on science activities. He has taught for forty-four years on three continents in situations ranging from beneath a huge thorn tree on the edge of the Kalahari Desert to experimenting with weightlessness on NASA’s KC-135. He has worked with teachers in all fifty states and has taught in 36 states, including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. He currently is Director of the USDA Future Scientists Program.
Organization/Affiliation: USDA/ARS & Texas A&M University