Noble Academy is the youth educational outreach program of the Noble Research Institute.
The purpose of Noble Academy is to directly engage its student and teacher audiences to:
- Increase their knowledge of agriculture and its importance to society.
- Create a greater appreciation for agriculture and science.
- Increase the number of students pursuing college degrees and careers in agriculture and/or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Noble Research Institute recognizes that today's students are tomorrow's decision-makers, consumers, agricultural producers, scientists and policymakers. That's why Noble Academy focuses on equipping young people with knowledge and experiences to help them become informed, critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
Noble Academy connects students and teachers with plant scientists, agricultural specialists and support staff at the Noble Research Institute as well as other educational partners. Programming focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in agriculture and lessons align with Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science).
Primary audiences include students and teachers of students in:
- Middle School (grades 6-8)
- High School (grades 9-12)
- College (undergraduate and graduate)
Noble Academy began as a resource for local schools and continues to serve in that capacity while extending its reach.
Programming continually evolves to meet the needs of educators in Oklahoma, Texas and beyond.
Currently, Noble Academy offers:
- Competitions, including Oklahoma Envirothon, that foster STEM education.
- Hands-on lessons that align with OAS-Science and connect to agriculture.
- Opportunities for college students to gain real-world experiences in agriculture, including the Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science, Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture and Noble-Watoto Fellowship programs.
- Professional development for teachers through workshops.
- Science Exploration Trunk program, which provides teachers with the training and materials needed to teach a hands-on lesson in their classroom.
- Tours and interactive programs that take place at the Noble Research Institute campus in Ardmore and surrounding farms.
Oklahoma Envirothon is a team-based competition open to all Oklahoma high school students interested in science and the environment. The competition is part of the North American Envirothon program, which aims to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who understand natural resources and are willing and prepared to work toward achieving and maintaining balance between quality of life and quality of the environment. The competition combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences and gives students the opportunity to interact with natural resource conservation professionals. Noble Academy hosts the statewide competition at the Noble Research Institute.
Noble Academy hosts the first-ever CASE Institute in Oklahoma at the Noble Research Institute. CASE stands for Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education and is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education. The teacher professional development program provides complete curriculum that enhances student learning of agricultural science. To obtain CASE certification, teachers must complete an 80-hour-concurrent-session CASE Institute. The Institute offered in Oklahoma by the Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State University is Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.