Students from around the world can learn about vermicomposting through an animated video and lesson plan published to TED-Ed by Owens faculty member Matt Ross.
Vermicomposting is the process in which worms convert organic waste materials into an excreted soil additive known as castings. Students in Owens’ LTM 102 Soil Science course will learn about vermicomposting through this and other online lessons this fall.
“Students have already expressed appreciation for this video and were inspired to take action in the world of worms,” Ross said. “Due to the immense popularity of YouTube, students appreciate the short, entertaining, yet informative, delivery of Ted-Ed.”
The four-minute video, which explains worms’ role in an emerging agricultural growth sector, is part of a series focused on quick lessons for educators and students from around the world. TED-Ed is an extension of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) programming initiated by Richard Saul Wurman, which has included lecturers from Bill Clinton to Bill Gates. TED-Ed has more than 350,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel and offers a wide range of entertaining and impactful lessons.
Ross, who has been an Owens faculty member for five years, was nominated for the opportunity to publish a video by Owens Landscape Turfgrass management alumnae Jennifer Taynor. The opportunity was part of a competition sponsored by Kohl’s.
During the several-month process, Ross worked with a team of professional writers, voice actor Addison Anderson and animator Johan Sonestedt to complete the animated short directed by Veronica Wallenberg.
“I hope the video will inspire people from around the world to think about alternative approaches to reducing the current waste stream,” Ross said.
A series of lesson plans were created to go along with the video and act as a resource for educators looking to incorporate the world of worms into their classroom. The lesson plan has links to websites, journal articles and reference texts to assist educators from elementary to collegiate levels.
The video can be viewed at: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/vermicomposting-how-worms-can-reduce-our-waste-matthew-ross.
LTM 102 is in the curriculum for several Owens offerings, including the Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Certificate, the Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program and the Golf Course/Athletic Field Management Program. For additional information about any of these offerings, call (567) 661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.