Agriscience

2018 Theme:  Plant Systems

Purpose

Agriscience Philosophy:

Provide first-year agriscience students with a practical and applied career experience in a competitive environment centered on the career pathways related to the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster.

To assess the first year (9th or 10th grade) agricultural education student's knowledge and applied skills within systems in agriculture.

Superintendent/s:
Nathan Conner
ALEC Department
236 Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0947
402-472-3938
nconner2@unl.edu

Event Schedule

There will be three (3) TEAM rotations involved with the Agriscience CDE. Depending on the number of teams entered in the CDE, three rotations will be developed allowing an equal number of schools in each rotation. Each rotation will be one-hour in length and will involve a team practicum. Each team will have 45 minutes to complete the practicum with a 15-minute period for rotation for lab clean up, set up, and team instructions. From 4 PM until 4:50 PM, individuals will complete an on-campus written examination in the Great Plains Room in the East Campus Union.

  • Make sure you arrive at your school's scheduled rotation
  • All four participants must compete in the same rotation at the same time

Required Supplies

Each student should bring:

  • Calculator and two (2) number two pencils (for each participant)
  • Splash-proof safety goggles (for each participant)

UPDATES…

The topical areas within the Nebraska Agriscience CDE are on a six-year rotational system. The 2015 topical area will become the 2021 topical area…the 2016 topical area will become the 2022 topical area and so forth.

2018 Plant Systems
Units 1, 2, 4, 15, 16, 17, 21, and 22

2019 Aquaculture, Small Animal Care, and Ornamental Horticulture
Units 1, 2, 4, 12, 23, 24, 25, and 29

2020 Integrated Pest Management and Agribusiness Management
Units 1, 2, 4, 13, 14, 34, 35, and 36

2021 Biotechnology, Food Science, and Technology
Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 32, and 33

2022 Natural Resource Systems
Units 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 19, and 20

2023 Animal Systems
Units 1, 2,4, 26, 27, and 28

Rules and Procedures

Purpose:

To assess the first year (9th or 10th grade) agricultural education student's knowledge and applied skills within systems in agriculture.

Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge and skill level of agricultural systems by completing a multiple-choice examination and two practica.
  2. Students may participate in the event's feedback section and complete the event evaluation.

Eligibility:

  1. Any first year agricultural education student may participate as long as they are in the 9th or 10th grade at the time of the event.
  2. Students may only participate in the Agriscience CDE for one year.
  3. This is a non-district qualifying event. It is strongly encouraged students participate in their district event before competing in the state event (share these rules with your district Agriscience CDE committees).
  4. Each school may register one (1) team. A team is defined as having four (4) first year agricultural education students.

Format

2018 Agriscience CDE Overview

Printable version of Agriscience CDE

Part I — Written Examination
1. Fifty (50) questions in a multiple-choice format. Thirty-five (35) questions will cover core material and the remaining 15 questions will come from optional sections from within the Agriscience textbook.
2. Material covered on the test will be taken from the Delmar Agriscience: Fundamentals and Applications (4th Edition). Core material will originate from the units within the year's topical area. Optional material will originate from the remaining units outside the core area, but will not include content from Units 5 and 6 (SAE and Leadership).
3. Each year a theme will be emphasized and rotated on an annual basis. The themes can be found in the UPDATE section above and includes next year's theme area to assist districts in CDE development and an explanation of the rotational system.
4. ON-CAMPUS EXAMINATION — All four students will complete the examination at 4 PM in the Great Plains Room while on campus.

  1. No resources are allowed at any time for students who are completing the on-campus agriscience assessment. Must have pencils…none will be provided.
  2.  If at any time you encounter problems, contact the CDE coordinator ASAP.

5. Fifty-minutes will be allowed for individuals to complete the examination and team members will work individually.

Part II — Individual Practica

1.  Team members will work individually on one practica related to the theme area for the year and the TEAM will work together on the campus practica.

  1.  One (1) practicum will take place while on campus during the actual Agriscience CDE for 2017 (see the overview).
  2. One (1) practicum will take place before participants arrive on campus. The Career Report will be completed and submitted prior to your arrival on campus. Students must select an agricultural career. If the career can't be easily connected to agriculture, the report will not be graded and the student will receive zero points for the report. You will send hard copies of the career reports (all at once) to the address listed above postmarked by March 27th (Monday) so we can process and evaluate the report prior to the on-campus activities. You can send all the reports to the address above prior to March 26th.

2. Practica will arise out of the specific units within the theme area and students should have received instruction related to the laboratory activities found within the Agriscience Laboratory Manual.
3. The practica scores will be added to the team score for each school participating in the Agriscience CDE.
4. TEAMS will be allowed up to 45 minutes to complete the TEAM practicum within the Agriscience CDE.
5. TEAMS will be provided an answer sheet to complete the practicum and these will be collected at the conclusion of the practicum.

Part III — Feedback and Evaluation
1. Participants and instructors will be allowed to participate in a review of the Agriscience CDE once the competition has been completed.
2. The event director or other qualified individuals will discuss the exam questions and practica areas. If necessary, an individual will demonstrate any procedure participants were asked to complete.
3. Scoring of the Agriscience CDE will be comprised of the following:

  1. Written Exam (campus exam) 200 points
  2. Practicum A (career report) 100 points
  3. Practicum B (TEAM activity) 300 points
  4. Individual Points Possible 300 points
  5. Team Score (4 participants) 1500 points

4. Individuals will receive awards based on the exam and career report (200+100=300 points).
5. Teams will receive awards based on calculating all four individual scores, which will comprise one team score. Team practicum score will be added to total 1500 points possible. Team recognition and awards will only be based on the participation of all four individuals within the Agriscience CDE.
6. In situations involving ties with individuals, questions from the exam scores will be used as the first criteria (Question x, Question y, Question z). If teams tie, we will use the combined individual scores from the questions identified from above.

Awards

  1. The top three individuals will receive medals and purple ribbons. Ribbons will be presented to 50% of the total number of students participating in the Agriscience CDE. The ribbon breakdown is as follows: 10% purple, 15% blue, 15% red, and 10% white.
  2. The top three teams will receive team medals, a team plaque, and a team purple ribbon. Ribbons will be presented to 50% of the total number of teams participating in the Agriscience CDE. The ribbon breakdown is as follows: 10% purple, 15% blue, 15% red, and 10% white.

References/Study Information

References:

Burton, L. D., & Cooper, E. L. (2007). Agriscience: Fundamentals and applications (4th Edition). New York: Thomson Delmar Publishers.

Burton, L. D., & Cooper, E. L. (2007). Agriscience: Fundamentals and applications (4th Edition) Lab Manual. New York: Thomson Delmar Publishers.

Burton, L. D., & Cooper, E. L. (2007). Agriscience: Fundamentals and applications (4th Edition) Instructor's Guide. New York: Thomson Delmar Publishers.

Burton, L. D., & Cooper, E. L. (2007). Agriscience: Fundamentals and applications (4th Edition) Teacher's Resource Guide. New York: Thomson Delmar Publishers.

Potential Practica Areas/Examination Information:

2017 (ON-CAMPUS)
1. Textbook
    a. Student Activities/Practica
         i. Units1, 2, 4, 26, 27, and 28
         ii. Should be prepared for any one of these activities
         iii. Examination questions may come from any of these units in the textbook
2. Lab Manual (USING THE 4th EDITION OF THE LAB MANUAL)
    a. TEAM Practica B
        i. Exercise 37 — Simple Digestion in Animals (4th Edition) - plus the identification of  additional organs and structures
        ii. Should be prepared for this activity
        iii. Examination questions may come from this unit in the lab manual
3. Teacher's Resource Guide
     a. Student Activities/Practica — EXPANDED (beyond textbook activities listed above)
          i. Units 1, 2, 4, 26, 27, and 28
          ii. Should be prepared for this activity
          iii. Examination questions may come from this unit in the teacher's resource guide

2016 — Career Report (PRIOR TO ARRIVING TO CAMPUS)
1. Textbook
    b. Student Activities/Practica
        i. Unit 4
        ii. Should be prepared for activities in Unit 4
2. Lab Manual
    c. Student Activities/Practica
       i. Exercises 5
       ii. Should be prepared for activities in Exercise 5
3. Teacher's Resource Guide
    d. Student Activities/Practica — EXPANDED (beyond textbook activities listed above)
        i. Unit 4
        ii. Should be prepared for in Unit 4