Na­tional Auc­tion­eers As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Farm Bureau Foun­da­tion re­lease “Auc­tion Ad­ven­tures” on­line learn­ing game for kids

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The Na­tional Auc­tion­eers As­so­ci­a­tion has teamed up with the Amer­i­can Farm Bureau Foun­da­tion for Agri­cul­ture, with gen­er­ous fund­ing from the Na­tional Auc­tion­eers Foun­da­tion, to launch a new My Amer­i­can Farm game along with sup­port­ing re­sources for two sep­a­rate age groups, thirdthrough-fifth graders and fifththrough-eighth graders. The new on­line game, “Auc­tion Ad­ven­tures,” gives stu­dents a close look at how auc­tions work and the many dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties within the auc­tion­eer­ing in­dus­try. “We are proud and ex­cited to have this unique op­por­tu­nity to con­nect stu­dents with the NAA, its mem­bers, and the auc­tion in­dus­try,” said NAA Board Chair­man Scott H. Shu­man, CAI. “This on­line re­source’s videos, in­for­ma­tion, and game for­mat will give chil­dren a pos­i­tive in­tro­duc­tion to the auc­tion world. “Thank you very much to the Na­tional Auc­tion­eers Foun­da­tion for its sup­port of this strate­gic, ed­u­ca­tional un­der­tak­ing.” The ed­u­ca­tional con­cept game of of­fer­ing was origi- an nally brought to the NAA ta­ble by Shu­man, who wanted to cre­ate a pro­mo­tional por­tal for the NAA and auc­tion in­dus­try to youth as a way of gen­er­at­ing fu­ture in­ter­est in both the or­ga­ni­za­tion and auc­tion. “Our au­di­ence Ad­ven­tures chance flu­ency third- as to play­ing strengthen they through will learn have Auc­tion fifth-grade the about math the that dif­fer­ent take place kinds each of day,” auc­tions said Christy Lilja, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Farm Bureau Foun­da­tion. “We’ve also cre­ated a fifth-grade les­son plan that will help stu­dents en­hance English Lan­guage Arts skills as they read pro­files of real auc­tion­eers, then com­mu­ni­cate about the dif­fer­ent types of auc­tions high­lighted. In ad­di­tion, we have three les­son plans for mid­dle school stu­dents to learn about ca­reers within the auc­tion­eer­ing in­dus­try,” she added. “Wel­come to the auc­tion!” Kids are asked to solve math ques­tions and select the cor­rect an­swer from a bid­der. With every cor­rect an­swer se­lected, a “com­mis­sion” goes into the player’s wal­let. The com­mis­sion in­creases as each round’s dif­fi­culty in­creases. Af­ter player, se­lect­ing the stu­dent their then avatar moves their player to dif­fer­ent lev­els. Each level rep­re­sents a dif­fer­ent as­set class or en­vi­ron­ment. At each stop, there are 10 math ques­tions for stu­dents to an­swer. Once the level is com­plete, a video pops up on the screen and rolls through a quick ed­u­ca­tion les­son given by an NAA mem­ber and ex­pert in that spe­cific as­set cat­e­gory. At the end of all lev­els, play­ers are then taken to “Lis­ten to an Auc­tion­eer!”, where they can watch and lis­ten to bid calls from Sara Rose Byt­nar, CAI, AARE, AMM, Dustin Rogers, CAI, CAS, and Ken­dall Nisly, the 2017 IAC and IJAC cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively (the new­est cham­pi­ons at the time the game was de­vel­oped). Then, at the very end of the game, play­ers are awarded a down­load­able “Jr. Auc­tion­eer Badge”, which sums up their game ex­pe­ri­ence and also in­tro­duces them to sev­eral key auc­tion el­e­ments in­clud­ing: “Mas­ter­ing Your Auc­tion Chant”, how to prop­erly in­tro­duce them­selves at the start of an auc­tion, and a QR code that takes the stu­dent to the NAA YouTube chan­nel. The Auc­tion Ad­ven­tures game is ac­ces­si­ble at www.auc­tion­eers.org un­der the “Con­tent & Tools” sec­tion, as well as along with other agri­cul­tural -based learn­ing re­sources at www.myamer­i­can­farm.org/class­room

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