Winnisquam Agricultural Technology Programs

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY                          2.5 CREDITS   An application is required for this course.  The due date is April 1st.

In this course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the principles of agriculture and related technologies. This project-based course may include the basics of forestry and natural resources, small animal management and animal health, plant science and the use of machines, agricultural mechanics and shop safety. Technologies current to the industry of agriculture such as the use of GIS and GPS, lasers, robotics and sustainable energy systems will be discussed and applied when possible. Students will learn how scientists are working to meet the demand for food through use of technologies such as vertical farming, genetically modified foods and photovoltaic techniques. Emphasis will be placed on integrating skills developed into real life situations. Leadership development and community service are strong components of the class with students expected to participate in various agricultural jobs, judging contests and FFA leadership activities. Record keeping and documentation of skills are used to reinforce class activities. Class meets every day for a full year.

ANIMAL AND PLANT SCIENCE                                                 2.5 CREDITS   An application is required for this course.  The due date is April 1st. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agricultural Science & Technology.

Animal and Plant Science provides the option for skill development in both the animal and plant kingdoms. Students will learn the basics in each area including functional anatomy, nutritional concepts and health and disease considerations. These concepts will be applied by producing and harvesting a horticultural crop and/or developing a management plan for an animal species common to our region.  All concepts will be addressed in a business context in order to promote personal growth and enhance career success. Class meets every day for a full year. WRHS has articulation agreements with SUNY Cobleskill and the Thompson School of Applied Science which may qualify students for two semester hours of credit upon successful completion of this course.

NATURAL RESOURCES                                                           2.5 CREDITS   An application is required for this course.  The due date is April 1st. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agricultural Science & Technology.

This course is an introduction to the area of Natural Resources Management. In addition to awareness of employment opportunities, this course will encourage consumer understanding of and responsibility for our natural resources. The course will focus on the areas of forest, wildlife and fisheries management and components. Students will learn about sustainable harvesting, forest diseases, tree identification and equipment use. Native and invasive species will be covered as well as classification procedures, population studies, water quality and sampling techniques. These concepts will be applied through land management and other practical projects.  Class meets every day for a full year. Students successfully completing Agricultural Science & Technology, Animal & Plant Science and Natural Resources may qualify for three semester hours of credit at the Thompson School of Applied Science.


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