AgriFutures Australia invests in research, leadership, innovation and learning to support industries that do not have their own research and development function, new and emerging industries, and the issues that affect the whole of agriculture.
2023 Nuffield Scholar
Education: a building block for agricultural expansion
Aimee Snowden uses LEGO® to engage people’s interest in agriculture and spark an interest in our diverse industry. Keen to reach more people, Aimee will embark on a Nuffield Scholarship in 2023, supported by AgriFutures Australia.
Having worked in agriculture education programs and initiatives in north east Victoria, South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, and Central Queensland, she is taking her quest for knowledge to North America, Europe, and New Zealand through the scholarship.
From her family’s mixed farm in southern NSW, Aimee founded Little BRICK Pastoral in 2014. Its aim is to celebrate Australian agriculture through unique photos of a LEGO® farmer minifigure across social media. Her playful photos have grown a wide audience, and it propelled Aimee to be engaged in developing agricultural education programs, resources and events. Aimee proposes to study agriculture education models that drive immersive experiences and engage curious minds.
“Currently agriculture education in schools relies on teacher knowledge and access to resources often funded by individual industries, yet research shows that if experiences are further provided, knowledge is more powerful and meaningful,” she says.
“An opportunity exists for more engaging experiences for students and teachers showcasing ag-tech and modern farming practices and removing industry silos. We have a vast array of industry bodies, RDCs, and member organisations with many developing education resources. However, we need an all-encompassing ag education experience that allows students to learn about Australian agriculture as one industry in a hands-on manner, and thereby consider a future where they can enjoy a prosperous and meaningful career".
“Agricultural education is a growing focus area for our industry as we aim to be the next $100 billion industry by 2030. The need to apply an agriculture lens to education has never been stronger.”
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