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What is the Soybean Science Challenge?

Since its launch in 2014, the Soybean Science Challenge has engaged thousands of students and educators nationwide. Through a blend of real-time and online learning, in-service training, virtual field trips, hands-on lab sessions, educational publications, mentorship opportunities, and awards for student research, we're making a tangible impact.

Watch this video to hear from teachers, students, and science fair directors as they share their experiences and insights into how the Soybean Science Challenge is transforming science education and empowering student-led agricultural research.


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What is the Soybean Science Challenge?

The Soybean Science Challenge is a farmer-funded, statewide, high school education program that seeks to increase student knowledge about the value of Arkansas soybeans to the Arkansas economy, to the labor force, and ultimately to feed and fuel the world.

The Challenge is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

In eight years the Challenge has reached thousands of students and teachers across the nation through real-time and on-line education, in-service training, Virtual Field Trips, classroom lab instruction, Arkansas-based educational publications, mentoring, and awards for independent student research.

Who is eligible?

Students in grades 6-12 who successfully complete the Soybean Science Challenge online course and enter a science project in one of the International Science and Engineering Fair affiliated fairs are eligible for consideration of cash awards.  Applied science projects will be considered from all categories as long as they are soybean or agriculturally related.

Recent Winners

 Chen and Parker

Bennet Chen 14, A freshman at Little Rock Central High School  in Little Rock, won first place in the 2024 State Soybean Science Challenge.

Bennet Chen, a freshman Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, won the 2024 Soybean Science Challenge First Place Award at the State Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on March 30. Chen received a $1,000 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. His teacher-mentor,Ms. Tarsha Parker, is also pictured.

Project Title: Forcasting the future; a predictive modeling approach to diciphering climate change's impact on county level soybean yields.

 Learn more about Bennet.

 

Jana Abuelem photoKatie Parsons

 

Jana Abuelem 15, a junior at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, won second place in the 2024 State Soybean Science Challenge.

Jana Abuelem, 15,  a  junior at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, was the second-place state winner of the Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Arkansas State Science Fair held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on March 30. Jana received a $500 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Her teacher-mentor, Katie Parsons, is also pictured.

Project Title: The effects of caffeine on Glycine max proteogenomics.

Read more about Jana


Sulli and Schaffer

Sulli Schaffer,16, a sophomore at Gravette High School in Gravette, won Honorable Mention in the 2024 State Soybean Science Challenge.

Sulli Schaffer, 16, a sophomore at Gravette High School, was the Honorable Mention state winner of the Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Arkansas State Science Fair at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on March 30. Schaffer received a $250 award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Her teacher-mentor, Allison Schaffer, is also pictured.

Project Title: Does radiation affect soybean growth?

Learn more about Sulli

 


Suleyman Acikgoz and teacher

Sulyman Acikgoz, 13, an eighth grader at Lisa Academy West Middle School in Little Rock, won the Junior Level Soybean Science Challenge Award at the 2024 Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Sulyman Acikgoz, 13, an eighth grader at Lisa Academy West Middle School in Little Rock, won the 2024 Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Junior Level Soybean Science Challenge Award held March 1 at UA Little Rock. Sanjay received a$200 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Teacher Sevcan Acikgoz is also pictured.

Project title: What is the effect of magnetic fields on germination and water absorption of soybeans?

Learn more about Suleyman


Sydney Fuller and Katherine Yancey

Stuttgart High School student Syndey Fuller won the Senior Level Award at the 2024 Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair.

Sydney Fuller, 15, a Sophomore at Stuttgart High School in Stuttgart,  won the Soybean Science Challenge Senior Level Award at the 2024 Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair held March 7 at the University of Arkansas Monticello. She received a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Teacher Katherine Yancey is also pictured.

Project title: Effects of soil nutrients on plant growth.  Learn more about Sydney


Alice Dong and Teacher

Alice Dong, 17, a junior at the Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts, won  Senior Level award at the 2024 West Central Arkansas Regional Science  Fair.

Congratulations to Alice Dong, 17, a junior at the Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Hot Springs who won the Senior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 West Central Arkansas Regional Science  Fair held Feb. 23 at ASMSA in Hot Springs. Alice received a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. She is pictured with her teacher-mentor Dr. Lindsey Waddell.

Project Title: Effects of ALAN on soybean phenology and chlorophyll levels.  Learn more about Emily


Wolf and Leslie SR WinnersAllyson Goodin Teacher

Jonesboro High School seniors Sydney Wolf  and Anna Leslie, both 17, win the Senior Division Northeast Regional Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge.

Sydney Wolf and Anna Leslie, 17, seniors at The Academies at Jonesboro High School, won the 2024 Senior Division Northeast Regional Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge held March 8 at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. Sydney and Anna split a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Sydney and Anna's teacher-mentor, Allyson Goodin, is also pictured.

Project title: How effective is green filtering?

Learn more about Sydney and Anna


Langston and Hinson

Me'Shelle Hinson, 12, a seventh grader at Paragould Junior High School won the Junior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair.

Me'Shelle Hinton, 12, a seventh grader at Paragould Junior High School in Paragould, won the Junior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair held March 8 at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. Me'Shelle received a $200 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Me'Shelle is pictured with her teacher-mentor, Jennifer Langston.

Project Title: Water filtration  Learn more about Me"Shelle


Duyen and Briney

Duyen Do, 18, a senior at Fayetteville Christian Academy won the Senior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair.

Duyen Do,18, a senior at  Fayetteville Christian Academy won the Senior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2024 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair held March 8 at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Duyen received a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Duyen is pictured with her Teacher-Mentor, Pat Briney.

Project Title: The impact of varied life cycles on soybean seed germination.  Learn more about Duyen 


Salinas Girls and Deen

Lakeside Junior High School students Keila and Michelle Ortiz Salinas, a ninth and eighth grader from  in Lakeside.

Keila, 15, and Michelle Ortiz Salinas, 14, from Lakeside Junior High School in Lakeside, won the Junior Level Soybean Science Challenge at the 2023 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville on March 10. The sisters split a $200 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Keila and Michelle are pictured with their teacher-mentor, Kiersten Deen.

Project title: How do Magnets Affect the Germination Rate of a Soybean Plant?

Learn more about Keila and Michelle


 Amanda Watson and Ka'Lee Hanson

 

Emerson High School freshman Ka'Lee Hanson won the Soybean Science Challenge Senior Level award at the 2023 Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair.

Congratulations to Ka'Lee Hanson, 15, a freshman at Emerson High School in Emerson. Ka'Lee won the Soybean Science Challenge Senior Level award at the 2023 Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair held at Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia on March 31. She received a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board at the Awards Ceremony. Ka'Lee is pictured with her teacher-mentor, Amanda Watson.

Project Title: Soybean Hydroponics

Learn more about Ka'Lee

Watson and Glass

Emerson High School student Aiden Watson, won the Soybean Science Challenge Junior Division award at the 2023 Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair.

Congratulations to Aiden Watson, 13, a seventh grader at Emerson High School in Emerson. Aiden won the Soybean Science Challenge Junior Division award at the 2023 Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair at Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia March 31. Aiden received a $200 cash award from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board at the award ceremony. He is pictured with his teacher-mentor, Jessica Glass.

Project Title: The Effects of Oil Spills on Soybean Plant Growth

Learn more about Aiden

 

Baker Girls SR Division FFA Winners

Mountain Home High School sophomores Hannah and Hadleigh Baker, won the Soybean Science Challenge Senior Division Award at the Arkansas State FFA Agriscience Fair.

 Hadleigh and Hannah Baker, both 16, won the Soybean Science Challenge Senior Division Award at the 2023 Arkansas State FFA Agriscience Fair at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs on April 26. Hadleigh and Hannah split a $300 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Hadleigh and Hannah are pictured with their FFA advisors, Carson White and Josh Baker.

Learn more about Hadleigh and Hannah

 

Poindexter and Stacks

Taylor High School student Holland Stacks, 13, won the Soybean Science Challenge Junior Division Award at the Arkansas State FFA Agriscience Fair.

Congratulations to Holland Stacks, age 13, an eighth grader at Taylor High School in Taylor. Holland won the Soybean Science Challenge Junior Division Award at the 2023 Arkansas State FFA Agriscience Fair at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs on April 26. Holland received a $200 cash award provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Holland is pictured with his FFA advisor, Chad Poindexter.

Learn more about Holland

For more information on the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, visit their website themiraclebean.com


 

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