Training the next generation of scientists, developing science education curricula and promoting learning opportunities for high school teachers and students.


David Mitchell, graduate student at Iowa State University, measuring soil moisture with the Decagon moisture probe. © Abendroth

Graduate student colloquium at the team's annual meeting at Chicago. © Bartelt

Jason Williams, graduate student at Lincoln University, explains the in-field weather station. ©Bartelt

Iowa State University students collect soil samples at a field site outside Ames, IA. ©McBreen

Iowa State University students bag and log bulk density soil samples at a field site outside Ames, IA. ©McBreen

Michael Dunbar, graduate student at Iowa State University, measures pest pressure at Gilmore City, IA field plots. ©Manning


The Education team develops training and experiences that mentor and further career development for project graduate students.

In addition, the team develops and provides training and educational resources for high-school agricultural teachers.

Partnering with the National Council for Science and the Environment

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has brought its Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) project to help the Sustainable Corn Project share the story about how climate change is affecting the Corn Belt and what farmers and others can do.

NCSE is a national non-profit organization with a mission to improve the scientific basis of environmental decisionmaking ( ). NCSE has more than 170 university affiliate members, including most of the Sustainable Corn Project partner institutions.

NCSE is funded by the National Science Foundation to create the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) web resource (

NCSE and others in the Sustainable Corn Project are collaborating to develop an Agriculture and Climate Change resource collection as part of CAMEL and link to resources on this website ( that educators might find valuable.  The collection includes high quality content and curricular resources based on this project's research and related content developed by others.  This includes our project's Speed Science fact sheets and associated videos.

The NCSE lead on the project is Dr. David Blockstein, NCSE Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator on the CAMEL project

Educational Resources:

Posters describing research methods, protocols and preliminary findings

Scientists & Staff on the Education Team

Project Graduate Students

Speed Science Videos

Speed Science Handouts






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  • retain carbon in the soil
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