ARCANUM – Despite the fact the Arcanum Miami Valley Career Technology Center FFA does not currently have access to shop space, members have still been able to get involved in mechanics contest.
There are current plans to construct an agricultural shop laboratory, and those interested in contributing to the project can contact the school, but for the time being members are making do by practicing in the classroom and in local farm shops and businesses.
On March 15 members competed in the District 5 ag mechanics skills contest held at Coldwater High School. Members of the team were Ethan Garbig, Levi Walker and Cole Beck.
The purpose of the ag mechanics skills contest is to assess the students’ skills in agricultural mechanics that occur in maintenance and repair. Students demonstrated the proper use of tools and apply tool use and knowledge to daily situations in agricultural mechanical environments. Some of the activities students completed were: welding, electrical soldering, pipe flaring and fuel identification.
Arcanum finished fifth in the district.
Another hands on mechanical contest was the outdoor power contest, which was held April 10 at Fairlawn High School. Members of the outdoor power team were Clay Hoop, Ethan Garbig and Levi Walker.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Career Development Event is an extension of the agricultural education classroom and laboratory. Additionally, this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in outdoor power equipment. The skills agricultural education students employ in this CDE are the same skills required by outdoor power equipment technicians.
The team finished 11th in the district.