SIOUX CITY | Competing against professors and Ph.D candidates, a Morningside College student recently won an award at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
Summer Beery, a 2015 Maple Valley-Anthon Oto High School graduate, received a Distinguished Research Paper Presentation Award at the 36th annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference that was held during the FFA convention. She was the only undergraduate student to have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference.
Beery's presentation, "Teaching with Unnamed Vehicles: Perceptions of Iowa School-Based Ag Education Instructors," focused on what Iowa agriculture teachers thought about implementing drones into their curriculum. She conducted a survey asking teachers to rate the importance of different drone skills as well as their capacity to teach them. Discrepancies between importance and capacity would indicate training opportunities.
Morningside applied agricultural and food studies chair Thomas Paulsen served as Beery's mentor for this project. She also presented her research at the North Central Regional research meeting of the American Association for Agricultural Education, held at Iowa State University in Ames.