Prerequisites: Enrollment in 9th or 10th grade
Basic Agricultural Mechanics is an introductory course that explores a wide variety of mechanical processes. Students will use scientific and mathematical applications through relevant mechanical topics. In addition, students will complete numerous lab-based and project-based activities that will give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the scientific process and increase hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Areas of study in this course include careers in agriculture mechanics, mechanical safety and hazards, hand and power tools. Topic clusters in this course include electricity, small engines, welding and metal work, wood construction, and mechanical technology. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of academic concepts.
It is important that students in this class keep an open mind and respect the differences in student ability, backgrounds and beliefs. All students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared, and participate on a daily basis. Students will be expected to follow all rules listed and described in the Steeleville High School Student Handbook and Steeleville High School Agriculture Program Student Handbook. It is expected that students wear appropriate attire (safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, protective clothing, etc.) during shop work. All students enrolled in Basic Agricultural Mechanics will be required to keep an updated SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) and retain membership in the FFA organization. Students will be expected to arrive daily with a writing utensil, note pad, and calculator.
Basic Agricultural Mechanics is a course taught through a wide variety of teaching methods, but with a dominant focus through hands-on learning. Students will learn through class lecture, small group discussion, class debate, laboratory exercises, video, readings, independent study, games, guest speakers, and both individual and group projects.
Students will be assessed through regular completion of homework, projects, class participation, laboratories, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Quizzes will assess students throughout each unit and a test will be given upon completion of each unit.
The grading procedure for this class will be out of 100%. The breakdown of percentiles can be seen below.
Quizzes 10% Participation 15%
Homework 15% Labs & Projects 30%
Tests 20% SAE 10%
A 94% - 100% B 87%- 93.99% C 77%-86.99%
D 70%-76.99% F <69.99%
Late homework assignments will automatically be dropped 10%, unless prior arrangements have been made or the missed assignment was due to an excused absence. Missed quizzes or tests due to an unexcused absence will result in a zero. Make-up dates will be allowed for all quizzes and tests missed due to an excused absence.
Academic integrity is a vital component for individual success within Steeleville’s Agriculture Department. Plagiarism and cheating by any student will result in a zero for the grade of the assignment
A variety of text material will be given in this course. The primary text material will be MyCaert Agriculture Education State Curriculum readings. Text material will also include, but is not limited to, various textbook chapters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, Internet articles, news articles, and short narrative briefs.
Course Outline – Basic Agricultural Mechanics
Unit I: FFA Organization & Supervised Agricultural Experiences
Supervised Agriculture Experience
Unit II: Introduction to Mechanic Systems, Safety, and Careers
Agriculture Mechanics in Everyday Life
Safety in Agriculture Mechanics
Unit III: Electrical Systems
Preparing to Electrify
Electrical Shop Work Wiring Circuits
Unit IV: Small Engines
How Small Engines Work
Small Engine Specifics
Working on Small Engines – Shop Work
Unit V: Welding and Metal Work
Unit VI: Wood Construction
Unit VII: Mechanical Technology
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