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TITLE:  AgriScience I

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 7th Grade

DESCRIPTION:   The main purpose of Ag Science 1 class is to introduce students to the world of agriculture and the opportunities available to them through the lens of agricultural education.  Each student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas associated with agriculture through “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems.  This class will cover many different “mini units” lasting about 2 weeks in length.  During that time, they will cover areas of agricultural education (FFA, SAE and classroom contents), communication (public speaking), natural resources, plant science, and animal science,

ORGANIZATION: Semester

TITLE:  AgriScience II

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 9th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  The main purpose of the Ag Science 2 class is to reaffirm agricultural concepts covered in ag. Science 1 and go more in depth to concepts.  Each student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas associated with agriculture through “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems.  This class will cover variety of topics that will really focus on the science of agriculture.   During the course of the semester, students will be able to explore the scientific concepts involved in biotechnology, plant science, animal science, food science, and agricultural communications and marketing.   

ORGANIZATION: Semester


TITLE:  Life Skills

PREREQUISITES:  9-12 Grade

DESCRIPTION:  Life Skills courses provide students with information about a wide range of subjects to assist them in becoming wise consumers and productive adults. This course often emphasizes such topics as goal-setting, decision-making, and setting priorities; money and time management; relationships; and the development of the self through leadership, communication, and decision making.

ORGANIZATION: Semester


TITLE:  Small Gas Engines

PREREQUISITES:  9-12 Grade

DESCRIPTION:  Small Engines I is an introductory course on the four stroke cycle, single cylinder engine.  The student will study the four strokes, engine parts identification, and engine operation.  The student must tear down a four stroke engine, inspect and repair, reassemble, troubleshoot, and try to get the engine running

ORGANIZATION: Semester



TITLE:  Work Based-Learning/On the Job Training

PREREQUISITES:11-12 Grade

DESCRIPTION: The On the Job Training Program is a learning experience for secondary students that combine on the job learning with classroom instruction.  One of this program’s objectives is to bridge the gap between secondary and postsecondary education, and to ease the transition from school to work.  In this class, students have their schedules arranged so they attend classes part of the school day and are employed in a business capacity during one or two hours during the school day.  This practical business experience is to be considered as a extension of the instruction which the student receives in the classroom.  The OJT Program concept is intended to provide training in job skills and careers.

ORGANIZATION: Year


Title: Small Animal Care (Fall Semester)

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 9-12

DESCRIPTION: For students interested in animal science and animal care. Students will dig into the science behind why animals are the way they are and how to properly care for them. Students will also explore animal rights and animal welfare.

ORGANIZATION: Semester



Title: Large Animal Science (Spring Semester)

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 9-12

DESCRIPTION: Animal Production/Science courses impart information about the care and management of domestic and farm animals. These courses may cover animal nutrition, health, behavior, selection, reproduction, anatomy and physiology, facilities, product processing, and marketing. Students may study a particular species (swine, cattle, horses, fowl, sheep, and so on), or they may learn how to care for and maintain livestock as a more inclusive study.

ORGANIZATION: Semester


 Title: Food Processing (Fall Semester)

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 9-12

DESCRIPTION:

Principles and practices of canning, freezing, dehydration, pickling and specialty food manufacture; fundamental concepts of various techniques of preparation, processing, packaging, and use of additives

ORGANIZATION: Semester


Title: Foods For Life

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 9-12

DESCRIPTION:

In this class, we will start from scratch (both literally and figuratively) in learning the basics of the kitchen, including meal planning and nutrition.  Cooking at least once a week, students learn the fundamentals of the kitchen, while making informed decisions about what they eat.


ORGANIZATION: Semester




Title: Residential Construction Technology

PREREQUISITES:  Students in Grades 10 - 12

DESCRIPTION:  Students involved in Residential Construction Technology will have the unique opportunity to learn about carpentry by building a house.  Students will learn a variety of construction skills to include estimating, reading a plan, floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, shingling, insulating, hanging sheetrock, and finishing sheetrock.  Students will also be exposed to plumbing systems and electrical wiring.

OUTCOMES:              

        1.  Students will be able to read and understand cost estimates

        2.  Students will learn to accurately read and build off a plan.

        3.  Students will be able to demonstrate proper layout and construction of floor, wall and roof systems.

        4.  Students will learn safe and proper tool use.

        5.  Students will learn basic construction skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes.

*SPECIAL NOTES*

This class will meet 7th and 8th hour.  However, students will be allowed to take the class for either 7th or 8th hour to help free up their schedules for other classes.  A student taking the class both hours will receive 2 credits each semester, students taking the class for one hour will receive one credit each semester.


Title: College in the Schools - Animal Science

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 11-12

DESCRIPTION: This is a University of Minnesota Introduction to Animal Science (ANSC 1101) course with emphasis on genetics, physiology and nutrition. The course includes a study of production systems relative to the horse, dairy, sheep, poultry, swine and beef industries. Additional topics include man’s relationship to animals, current issues and future perspectives of animal agriculture. Students will experience laboratories at the University of Minnesota relating to Animal Science.  Students will be concurrently enrolled at the University of Minnesota and upon successful completion of this class. Students upon passing the course will have four semester credits posted to a University of Minnesota official transcript.  The course would meet university requirement for a genetics class and a science elective.


ORGANIZATION: Full year course.


Technology Education 7

7th Grade Technology Education is a one semester course spent exploring the four areas of technology: communication, transportation, manufacturing and construction.  Students will gain a better understanding of the changing world around them by working on a variety of activities which may include: logo design, magnetic levitation vehicles, manufacturing unit, airplane design and construction, bridge design and construction.

OUTCOMES:  

1. Develop an understanding of technology and how it shapes our world.

2. Develop problem solving and group skills.

ORGANIZATION:  One Semester


Technology Education 8

TITLE:             8th Grade Technology Education

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 8th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  8th Grade Technology Education is a one semester course spent exploring the four areas of technology with an emphasis placed on communication technology to include orthographic and pictorial drawing using Auto CAD, a computer aided drafting and design program. Transportation technology will also be explored to include rocket and air powered car design and construction.

OUTCOMES:  

1. Examine how technology affects our lives.

2. Develop problem-solving skills.

ORGANIZATION:  One Semester


Technology Education 11

TITLE:                        11th Grade Technical Explorations

PREREQUISITES: Requirement for 11th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  11th Grade Technical Explorations is a one semester course spent exploring the technologies associated with energy production, basic electronics, 3D drafting and design, 3D printing, CNC machining and Lego robotics.  Projects will include designing and constructing various electronic circuits, building an electric motor and constructing various robots.

OUTCOMES:

  1. Examine how various technologies impact our lives.

  2. Explore career opportunities.

ORGANIZATION:  One Semester


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