The 4th grade students at North Elementary in Sidney, Nebraska are creating a visual and technology based project titled, “Honoring 150 Years of Nebraska Agriculture; Homesteaders to 2017”. During 2017, Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial Year, approximately 190 students will research 150 different ag related jobs by using primary and secondary sources. This is a year long project; 75 jobs will be showcased in May and an additional 75 jobs will presented in November.
The students will write a report based on their research and a personal interview with their ag job expert. This project will feature people from all corners of Nebraska. The students will be using technology, to interview their ag expert, write their research paper, complete lesson plans of Google Classroom, and create a Google Slide presentation. Each Student’s display board will feature their research paper, job title and number, two photos with captions, a QR code linked to their Google Slide presentation, and an art project.
This Sesquicentennial project is being dedicated to the all the homesteaders of Nebraska. The Dan Rowan Family, a Cheyenne County 3rd Generation homesteading family, has been chosen to represent all of the Nebraska Homesteaders. Frank A. Rowan, Dan’s grandfather, homesteaded the land in 1890. A group of eighteen students interviewed Dan & Marilee Rowan on two separate occasions in April. The information collected through their oral history, family pictures, and other documents, will be featured in the display. It was a great honor for the students to research this hardworking, courageous, and kind Nebraska family.
It is hoped that the display will travel the state to help others learn about our great state, its history, and the many jobs that the ag industry provides to our citizens. All of the students, teachers, and staff at North Elementary, along with numerous community and state volunteers, are very proud to be apart of this project that celebrates Nebraska’s 150th Birthday, Nebraska Homesteaders, and the importance of Agriculture in Nebraska.