2/20/2013 8:21:00 AM FFA students get practice run for State competition
Junior Katie Morley, Ag Mechanics shop manager at Chino Valley High School, and freshmen Wyatt Blocker build the forms for the 3” x 3” concrete slab during the FFA competition this past week in Chino Valley.
Photos by Geri Kinsley
Geri Kinsley Special to Review
FFA students from West Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Mayer and Chino Valley arrived at Chino Valley High School this past week to compete in an annual event to prepare the students for the March State event.
Groups of kids built forms for a 3' x 3' slab to hold a rain barrel that will be used to catch water from the roof. The students have to calculate what they need to make the 3' x 3' form, but they also need to do calculations in order to convert the amount of water that was caught into inches that they can recycle or water a garden.
The students then came into the welding shop, where they welded a 2" round pipe onto a 3/16" piece of metal. They also built a timer irrigation box. They had to set two different times to run for watering throughout the day. They wired a source switch to control the top half of an outlet. They also did a profile leveling on a slope of the land outside, as well as several other scheduled activities off campus at Yavapai College Agribusiness and Science Tech Center campus and the Perkinsville Meat Processing Facility.
"This contest is very math-involved, which I really like a lot," said Patrick Wellert, Chino Valley High School CTE teacher. "Not only are they doing rainfall calculations, but they will also be doing surveying calculations, forming and welding calculations here at the high school."
This contest is a part of the FFA field day that tests the skills students learn inside the classroom and takes them to a real world experience.
"Katie Morley was the highest scoring individual in the Ag Mechanics contest," said Wellert. "We also had a first place team that participated in range management. This is a contest where they identify different types of plants grown in the desert and determine whether or not they are good foliage for range animals."
The teams will compete at the State contest from Feb. 28 to March 1 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Next step after State is the National Contest in October 24 - 27 in Louisville, Ky.