Wake County FFA Chapters Participate in Nx Gen Ag Simulation
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Author: Dean Bushey, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager
On December 9, Bayer CropScience welcomed students and FFA members from East Wake, Millbrook, Wakefield and Wake Forest high schools (all from Wake County, North Carolina) to our Innovation Center here in the Triangle. The students broke up into seven teams and participated in an exercise that simulated the product development and marketing cycle for new agriculture technologies.
We paired the students up with Bayer mentors from different areas of expertise, who helped them choose a product and then guided them in their decision making. At the end of the exercise, each team presented their product choices and results to a panel of judges, trying to convince them that their product was the right one to bring to market. And so we chose three winners:
- First Place – Millbrook High School
- Second Place – Wakefield High School
- Third Place – East Wake High School
Congratulations to all of the students who participated. We were all winners as all of the teams did a fantastic job, and I can only hope that they learned as much from the exercise as I learned from them.
Here are some pictures from the day’s activities:
Team members brainstorm and discuss their strategy.
Millbrook High School FFA presents to our panel of judges.
Everyone gathers for a photo at the end of the day.
You can view more photos in our Flickr album.
I want to especially thank the team of Bayer employees that supported the event, and all of the teachers that participated. Students like these are the next generation of an agricultural workforce that will be responsible for feeding all of us in 10+ years. So I’m thankful for the opportunity to interact and learn alongside them.