In FFA, one of the lines of the motto is learning to do.

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 with the two agriculture teachers, Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen.

The Ag Survivor class has learned how to stick weld (shielded metal arc welding) and wire feed weld (MIG weld). After they have learned skills in welding, they will put those skills to the test by creating a metals project. They also toured Haala Industries to see the career opportunities in the field of welding.

The seventh grade Intro to Ag class has learned about the broad field of agriculture, careers, livestock and crops. They finished up the crops unit by making a 3D model of a soybean plant. This project allowed them to really see the parts and functions of the plant.

Students in the Exploring Ag class have created a board game to teach people about all of the different areas of agriculture, made a poster puzzle piece about their part of Minnesota and the crops and livestock raised there, created an FFA timeline, and are now learning about Parliamentary Procedure and how to properly run a meeting.

In Landscaping Class, students have learned about the principles and elements of design, how to conduct client interviews and site surveys, preliminary design concepts, and proper pruning techniques. They are now doing plant/tree research and completing their final landscape design drawing. Next, they will put their paper designs into a computer landscape program.

In Small Animal Care, students have learned about the small animal industry, dogs, and cats. They have also learned many vet science skills, including animal handling, proper restraints, medications (calculations and administration), knot tying, and bandaging.

Food Science has become a very popular class for students. Students learn about the components of foods and the science behind it. Labs they have done so far include measuring, sensory evaluations, sugar (jam, cookies, caramels), and carbohydrates (gravy, overnight breakfasts). Labs yet to come are fats (burgers, fats in cookies), fermentation (refrigerator pickles, homemade pizza), and a careers project.

On the Job Training students are participating in opportunities to learn on the job at various placements and develop strong connections in Sleepy Eye.

The Advanced Woods students are making an Adirondack chair and footrest. They are using various tools and machines to cut, shape, and sand their pieces to make it exact dimensions. Students also learned how to operate a computer program (Sketchup 3D) to design and build their chair from scratch.

In Ag Survivor B, students have been building walls, from the point of planning all the way to a finished drywall product, while learning basic electrical wiring. They will also be studying and producing a business plan of their choice.

Students in Industrial Arts 8 are designing, drafting, and creating their own CO2 cars. They have studied what technology is and the umbrella of opportunities in Industrial Arts.

In JH Wood Design, students are studying the foundation of wood manufacturing, the design process, and have spent time reading measurements and using a tape measure properly.

The Intro to Woods students are learning about wood manufacturing and fabrication, how to properly use every tool and machine in the wood shop safely, and have begun to build a bed side table.

Agriculture classes are a great way to demonstrate what was learned by completing hands-on projects. These classes are open to St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public students who are interested in applied learning. Just as the FFA motto states — we learn to do; then we do to learn!