Ready, set, grow: K-State Olathe offers second annual 'Willie and the Beanstalk' competition
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
OLATHE -- Kansas State University Olathe will team with the agronomy department at Kansas State University to present the second annual "Willie and the Beanstalk" event, a contest to grow the largest soybean plant.
Open to middle school, high school, 4-H and/or FFA teams interested in the scientific principles surrounding plant growth, "Willie and the Beanstalk" is a challenge to grow the largest soybean plant in a 40-day span and document the effort.
Beginning March 4, contestants will grow a soybean plant for 40 days, document their activity, and bring their entry to K-State Olathe for judging on April 13. Prizes will be awarded for top entries in each judging category and all entrants will earn a T-shirt.
Seeds are available at K-State Olathe, as are lesson plans for teachers who are interested in more information about integrating the contest into the classroom. For more information, visit http://olathe.k-state.edu/k-12/willie-and-the-beanstalk/index.html or contact Micheal Strohschein, director of K-12 science education partnerships at K-State Olathe, at 913-307-7342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.