8:40 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom

The children of migrant workers learn about the science of agriculture at the camp, "Voices from the Field."
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

At the core of Washington’s agriculture industry is science – you can’t grow a potato or cherry without knowing about soil chemistry, hydrology and photosynthesis. But the people who get their hands dirty in the business of growing and picking don’t always think of it that way.

In fact, the children of that workforce tend to struggle in math and science. Just one in four children of migrant workers meets state science standards in eighth grade, far below the population as a whole. The gap in math is nearly as wide.

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