1. Oklahoma Farmland
The first station of the Farm to You exhibit discusses the foods we eat every day produced by Oklahoma Farms. More specifically, the different food crops that are grown in Oklahoma, the number of farms in the state, and Oklahoma’s ranking for crop production. Most people are aware that Oklahoma is a major producer in crops such as wheat and beef cattle. However, our state also plays a crucial role in the production of dairy, eggs, poultry, pork, vegetables and fruit, such as watermelons. After completing this station, students will be able to name several crops grown in Oklahoma and the area of the state the crops are predominately grown.
2. Farmer's Life
At the second station, students will learn the many duties that farmers have and the hard work they do daily to provide clean food for us to eat. Students will learn the necessary measures taken by farmers to ensure our food is safe to eat. They will be presented with real life scenarios of pig farmers, watermelon farmers, and dairy farmers. The discussion will include how farmers used to have to hand-milk their dairy cows and how dairy cows are milked today. Lastly, the students will get the opportunity to milk a life-like dairy cow!
3. The Farmer's Market
The Farmer’s Market station forms the connection between agriculture and health; students will learn how food gets from the farmer to the consumer. Additionally, the different steps that foods must complete to be available for purchase from Oklahoma farmers and farmers outside the state are discussed. For example, oranges take these special steps to be sold in Oklahoma because they grow best in climates farther south than Oklahoma, such as Florida. Before leaving this station, students will build a healthy MyPlate and discuss other foods that can be a part of a healthy meal.
4. The Mouth
From the Farmer’s Market, the students begin their journey through the body starting with the mouth, which they learn is the first step in the digestion process. The students will also learn ways to keep their mouth and teeth healthy by consuming calcium and using proper brushing methods. The tooth stools in this station serve as a great prop to help students understand the importance of brushing and flossing. They even get a chance to “brush” and “floss” their tooth stools, which aids in the learning process. At the conclusion of this station, students will be able to identify foods that promote a healthy mouth, understand the importance of water, and explain effective brushing techniques.
5. The Stomach
Next, the students move into the stomach where they will play a game to help them understand the foods that are healthy for them (go foods), foods they should eat only sometimes (slow foods), and foods they should eat only on special occasions (whoa foods). Likewise, just because a food is listed as a “whoa food” does not mean the food is bad. It simply means we should only consume those foods every now and then. At the conclusion of this station, students will be able to identify go, slow, and whoa foods as well as understand the basic role of the stomach in the digestion process.
6. The Intestines
In the Intestines Station, students will learn that this is the final stop in the digestive system and what happens to the food in the intestines. Further, they will learn that fiber plays a major role in intestinal health and which foods contain fiber. The role of villi in the absorption process is discussed as students take a dive into why the inside of our intestines look the way they do. At the conclusion of this station, students will be able to identify foods that are high in fiber and have an understanding of what happens to food in the villi.
7. The Muscle
The final three stations discuss the effects that foods we eat have on our body starting with our muscles. Students will learn how their food choices affect their muscle strength and growth. Next, they will complete exercises and have the opportunity to identify which muscles they used during each exercise. They will also discuss the different foods they can eat to help build strong muscles by referring back to MyPlate they discussed in previous stations. By the conclusion of this station, students will be able to identify which foods they can eat to build and maintain strong muscles as well as understand the importance of exercise for muscle health.
8. The Bone
At the bones station students will discuss the importance of building strong bones and some of the ways they can prevent bone diseases like Osteoporosis. They will also learn the importance of the consumption of calcium and the foods that contain calcium. By the conclusion of this station students will be able to name examples of foods that are rich in calcium, understand the importance of eating these foods, and have the general knowledge of the human skeleton by assembling a skeleton.
9. The Brain
At the final station of the exhibit, students will discuss the many different functions of our brain and the importance of keeping our brain healthy and safe. Students will learn about the foods they can eat so their brains have the energy to communicate messages to their body. The brain uses ¼ of the food we eat every day! Students will also discuss other ways to ensure they have a healthy brain, such as getting enough sleep every night and eating breakfast. A game of “telephone” will be played to exercise the students’ brains. By the conclusion of this station, students will be able to name foods that help their brains function and state habits for a healthy brain.