Magazine article Techniques

State Update

Magazine article Techniques

State Update

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State Update features education news at the state and local levels. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to Techniques, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, fax 703-683-7424 or e-mail acte@acteonline.org.

California--California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Department of the College of Agriculture can now share GPS and "precision agriculture" information and equipment with community college teachers statewide. A donation by Magellan Corp. of 18 portable global positioning system (GPS) AgNavigator field monitors, together with a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and an Agricultural Research Initiative from the state, will eventually allow Cal Poly to make the units available to classrooms nationwide.

"With the USDA and ARI grants, we were able to prepare materials to `teach the teachers' about the hardware via the Internet and short courses," says bioresource and agricultural engineering professor Rollin Strohman, who is leading the Precision Ag program. "Now, with the Magellan donation, we have hardware that can actually go out to them in their classroom."

Minnesota--The Wallin Scholarship Program is helping 332 Minneapolis public high school graduates attend college.

The $10 million scholarship program launched last fall by the Winston Wallin family was expanded from a smaller model begun in 1991 by Wallin, who is the former CEO of Medtronic Corp. The scholarships are based on student need, academic achievement and community service. …

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