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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Ag classes a great way to have hands-on experience

  • In FFA, one of the lines of the motto is learning to do. One way that Sleepy Eye Agriculture students have been living by this motto is by taking part in several hands-on projects in all classes this semester.
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  • In FFA, one of the lines of the motto is learning to do. One way that Sleepy Eye Agriculture students have been living by this motto is by taking part in several hands-on projects in all classes this semester.
     
    The Ag Survivor class (combined with Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s) has learned how to stick weld (shielded metal arc welding) and wire feed weld (MIG weld). After they have learned skills in welding, they are now putting those skills to the test by creating a metals project. They are also touring Haala Industries to see the career opportunities in the field of welding.
     
    The seventh and eighth grade Intro to Ag classes are busy making snowmen and bird houses before the end of the semester. They learned skills in measuring, cutting and constructing by doing their project.
     
    Students in the Exploring Ag class have recently been using their woodworking skills to construct wooden planters. Likewise, students participating in the Natural Resources class are using their skills to build Wood Duck houses. They also participated in an Oil Spill Lab where they found out how difficult it would be to clean up an actual oil spill.
     
    In Landscaping class, students have been completing their final landscape designs. First, on paper; then, on a computer landscape program.
     
    In Large Animal Science, students have learned about dairy, beef, swine, sheep and goats. They have gone to the Seifert Dairy Farm to milk cows and learn about dairy production, had demonstrations on how to make liquid nitrogen ice cream and learned about the different types of digestive systems in animals including ruminants, monogastric and pseudo-ruminants.
     
    One of their projects involved using recyclable materials and other miscellaneous items to build a model of their animal’s digestive system.
     
    Agriculture classes are a great way to demonstrate what you have learned by completing hands-on projects. Just as the FFA motto states – we learn to do, then we do to learn.
     
     
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