Summer 2015 will bring two new additions to the CASE Pathways, Agricultural Power and Technology and Agricultural Research and Development, along with opportunities for interested programs to become field test sites.
Agriculture Power and Technology
Agriculture Power and Technology is the fourth foundational level CASE course. Students will be immersed in inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems that focus on the form and function of material, machines, and tools used in agriculture. Students will apply technical skill, while becoming competent in the process that is used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. Areas of study include:
- Shop Safety
- Tool Operation
- Materials Selection and Use
- Energy and Power
- Machinery Management
- Technology Applications
The development of the CASE Agricultural Power and Technology course has been made possible by contributions from TransCanada, John Deere, and Firestone as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Agricultural Research and Development
Agricultural Research and Development is the culmination of student experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued. For this reason, it is the capstone level course for CASE. Students will enhance their critical thinking and teamwork skills as they expand on the content knowledge from their previous CASE courses. The lessons in this capstone course are aligned with the national standards for Agriculture, Science, Mathematics, and English/Language Arts. Students enrolled in Agricultural Research and Development will learn to:
- Solve complex, real-world problems
- Conduct Research
- Analyze Data
- Work in Teams
- Develop New Products
The development of the CASE Agricultural Research and Development course has been made possible by contributions from DuPont Pioneer as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Applying to Field Test the Curriculum
All CASE courses undergo a year of field testing before being rolled out for larger implementation, meaning selected teachers attend CASE Institutes for the course, then implement the curriculum in their program for a year. Field test teachers commit to giving regular feedback to CASE as they pilot the curriculum. That data is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the course, and adjustments are made prior to making the course more widely available.
Additional information about becoming a field test site for both the Agriculture Power and Technology and Agricultural Research and Development courses is expected to be available later this month. There is an application process to attend a field test institute, and selected applicants will commit to giving CASE data related to the curriculum that will be used to improve the course. The Institutes for field test courses are facilitated by CASE Lead Teachers who played a role in developing those courses.