News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 29, 2012

Soybeans now part of Children’s Museum ‘Agciting’ exhibit

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A new partnership between the Indiana Soybean Alliance in Indianapolis and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will give Hoosier students and families the opportunity to learn more about the versatility of soybeans as part of the museum’s “Agciting” exhibit.

“We want consumers to get excited about the unlimited potential for soybeans. Partnering with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is a perfect opportunity to share our story not only with the children who visit the museum, but also with their parents,” said Kevin Wilson, ISA president and farmer from Walton.

As part of the “Agciting” exhibit, four large soybean displays focus on the many uses of soybeans and on how soybeans are a major part of the safe, affordable food supply that consumers see on their grocery shelves every day.

“Through our partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, we hope to specifically teach our guests about soybeans: the nutritional value and health benefits, how soybeans impact the things that we eat, and how soy is the main protein feed for livestock,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.

“There are thousands of uses for soybeans that most people would never dream of, and, in fact, Indiana soybean farmers are leaders in identifying and commercializing innovative new uses of soybeans. We think that’s an exciting and important message to share with our guests, and we’re thankful to the Indiana Soybean Alliance for giving us the opportunity to do so,” Hughes said.

Activities for young museum visitors include a Soy Match game and an interactive computer display. Children will learn how soybeans are used as a source of protein in animal feed, an ingredient in the products they use every day.

They’ll also learn about Hoosier ingenuity — as in the development of the soy crayon and soy candle in Indiana.

“Not only is soybean production a vital part of Indiana agriculture, but consumers, including children, use soybeans daily and may not even realize it,” Wilson said.

“Soybeans are everywhere, from the food they eat to the toothpaste they use to brush their teeth, and from the paint on their walls to the crayons they use to color. The potential of the soybean is limitless — and that’s an exciting thing for kids to learn during a trip to a museum that features fun, interactive exhibits that capture their attention.”

The “Agciting” exhibit is designed to allow children to “follow their food” from farm field to end product. The exhibit teaches children about the diversity of agriculture science and how agriculture and farming impact nearly every aspect of their lives.

In addition to the soybean displays, the Children’s Museum will be hosting a number of workshops throughout the year at which children (and their parents) can learn more about soybeans.

The soybean displays made their debut Jan. 23. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.