Call it “precision agriculture,” “prescription farming” or even “space age farming.” Whatever the term, there is something radical happening down on the farm. Making novel use of satellites high above Earth and geographic information systems close to home, farmers are now able to tail or their soil and crop management to the varying conditions of their land — and on a very small scale.

Featured lesson plan: Wind Energy: A Real Alternative?

In this lesson, students will analyze whether wind energy is feasible. The lesson will have the students explore the following: How is wind used to create electricity? How much does wind energy cost? Analyzing the average wind velocity in their area with the aid of an online calculator, can typical homeowners create their own energy, or do they have to rely only on large utility companies to provide it?