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'“Hack your Harvest” Unplugged!'

Learn about all the cool ways computer science has influenced 21st-century agriculture. Not only is computer science involved in drone technology, but also used to analyze yield data and even drive agricultural equipment. Participants will take part in “unplugged” non-computer activities that will show how computers make decisions and how computer science is applicable to agriculture. Participants will also be introduced to Ozobot robots and learn how to use simple coding to guide the robots through a “Hack your Harvest” game.

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Jill Vigesaa
Email: jill.vigesaa@gmail.com
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
Biosketch: Jill Vigesaa has worked with North Dakota Soil Conservation Districts as an Education Coordinator for many years. Twenty-eight years ago, Jill developed an award winning series of educational programs called The Regional Environmental Education Series, designed for classroom presentations. This program educates over 30,000 students each year with over 500 presentations. She became involved with Project Food, Land & People, serving on the National Board and facilitating AITC workshops with Ginger Deitz in North Dakota. Ginger and Jill currently facilitate top rated FLP Workshops across the state. Jill was the first recipient of the National Ag Advocate Award.
Organization/Affiliation: North Dakota Farm Bureau
Lindsey Leker
Email: lindsey.leker@ndsu.edu
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Point of Contact,Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Lindsey Leker is a science specialist for North Dakota State University Extension Service's Center for 4-H Youth Development. She coordinates science programming for youth ages 5 to 18, and the role science plays in their lives, including career development. She is the lead specialist for parts of the 4-H camping program. Her research for her Ph.D. is focusing on achievement gaps among minority groups and females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in grade school and high school.
Organization/Affiliation: NDSU Extension Center for 4-H
Virginia Deitz
Email: deitzv@gmail.com
Speaker Order: 3
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
Biosketch: Virginia (Ginger) Deitz is a retired teacher from Fargo, North Dakota after 41 years of teaching at the elementary level. She continues as an instructor for the Department of Distance and Continuing Education at North Dakota State University, and facilitates Project Food, Land & People Workshops for educators with Jill Vigesaa. She is also a frequent presenter for water festivals across the state, and has a long list of awards for her educational efforts with Project WET. Ginger is a former North Dakota Teacher of the Year, and received a National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture National Award in 2010.
Organization/Affiliation: North Dakota Ag in the Classroom