Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge
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The Arkansas Soybean Research Studies Series includes research reports on topics pertaining to soybeans across several disciplines from breeding to post-harvest processing.
See the Soy Scholars: 2017 Research Winners
The Soybean Science Challenge is an educational project funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board to support secondary student scholarship and research to ensure the sustainability of soybean production in Arkansas. The Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge Award program is in its fourth year and is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.
Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 who successfully complete the Soybean Science Challenge online course and enter a science project in one of the ISEF affiliated fairs are eligible for consideration of cash awards. Applied science projects will be considered from the categories of: biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental management, environmental sciences, microbiology, and plant sciences.
project DNA was isolated using a mortar and pestle to determine if GMO genes spread from weeds to crops naturally. Read more about Madeline here.
Congratulations to Mohammed A. at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, AR. Mohammed won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2017 at the Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock.
Project Title: The Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Glycine max (soybean) Radicle Length, Stem Length, and Dry Weight Biomass. This study investigated the effects of ionizing radiation on Glycine max radicle length, stem length, and dry weight biomass in order to analyze its effects on early stages of soybean growth. Read more about Mohammed.
Congratulations to Halri S. at Avilla Christian Academy in Alexander, AR. Halri won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2017 at the Ouachita Mountains Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Mid-America Museum.
Project Title: Espressoy. Soybeans and caffeine are two completely different items. In this experiment, I decided to put them together to see what effect caffeine would have on soybean growth. Learn more about Harli.
Congratulations to Ivan H. at Alma High School. Ivan won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville on March 3rd.
Project Title: Crop Dusting Attachment for Drones. The purpose of this project was to design and prototype a module that could be used in conjunction with a drone to apply fertilizer or pesticides to crops. Learn more about Ivan.
Congratulations to Natalie B. at Ridgway Christian High School in Pine Bluff. Natalie won the $300 Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2017 Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
Project Title: Why So Salty? The purpose of this experiment was to find out what soybean variety can cope best
with the salt
in groundwater used for irrigation. Learn more about Natalie.
The Soybean Science Challenge is made possible through a partnership with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and funding generously provided through Arkansas farmer’s soy checkoff funds.
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For more information on the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, visit their website themiraclebean.com
As part of the Soybean Science Challenge Arkansas students and teachers have a unique opportunity to request and obtain soybean seeds for applied student research. The seeds, which are all Arkansas varieties, are being provided by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department seed breeders at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.
It's never too early to plant the seeds of science education!
Students who successfully complete the course are eligible for:
- $300 cash awards at Arkansas Regional Science Fairs for original science research projects impacting the soybean industry.
- $1,000 cash award to top soybean research at Arkansas State Science & Engineering Fair
- Teachers of student winners receive a $200 Teacher Mentor Award.
Learn more through this free online science course about the importance of soybean production to the Arkansas economy as a renewable resource for feed, fuel and food across the world.
Soybean Science Challenge - Video Vault
2015 Soybean Science Challenge Videos
Virtual Field Trip: Behind the Scenes
In Our Own Voices: Student SSC Participants
Virtual Field Trip: Gardens of the Galaxy - The Battle for Food in the Future Video
2014 Soybean Science Challenge Videos
Breaking New Ground: Virtual Field Trips Broadcast From a Soybean Field
On August 7th and September 30, 2014 Virtual Field Trips were broadcast live over Zoom from Arkansas soybean fields.
9/30/2014 - View the Virtual Field Trip
Soy What's Up? NASA Resources
The Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge program includes:
- Online Soybean Science Challenge course for 9-12th high-school students
- Cash awards for high-school science projects impacting sustainability
- Teacher curriculum resources and ADE approved online in-service training
- Virtual field trips & soybean science mentoring support
- Soybean Seed Store for support of student research