Junior High Agricultural Science
This class is designed to introduce students into the world of agriculture in the areas of speaking, FFA, mechanics and science. This class is a one semester class is designed to develop speaking and debating skills that you will utilize in other classes, competitions, college and your future employment. This portion of the class will incorporate shop safety, tool and machine identification, and 2 woodshop projects. Students will construct a candy machine and a house sign. Students will learn how to properly draw, measure, cut, sand, router and construct these projects. The science portion will consist of plant science and wildlife. Students will learn how plants and animal reproduce and grow and interact with our environment. Students will propagate plants in the greenhouse. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Agricultural Science 1
This is an entry-level science course designed to introduce students to the area of earth sciences and to the investigations and experimentation techniques and methods that science uses towards agriculture. Major areas to be covered will be the foundation of science (technology), the exosphere (solar systems), the lithosphere (minerals, rocks, soils, weathering and erosion), the atmosphere (temperature, pressure, humidity, clouds, precipitation, wind and storms), and the hydrosphere (water). The FFA and leadership skills will be integrated into the curriculum.
This course is designed to study basic botany, the raising of house and garden plants, and commercial plant production. Practical experience will be obtained in the new greenhouse. Students will be involved by raising plants from seeds and cuttings and acquire skills in potting plants for sale in commercial nursery practices.
Advanced Interdisciplinary Science for Sustainable Agriculture is a UC-designated honors course. This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, including the chemical and biological principles that govern plant science and crop production, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. Additionally, students connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course culminates with an agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct an experiment to solve a relevant agricultural issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.