The Saltillo FFA agricultural mechanics team Friday earned top honors at a state contest to advance to the National FFA Judging Contest to be held during the National FFA Convention this fall.
The Saltillo FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team is on a winning streak that began when they placed first in the area elimination contest at Texas A&M University-Commerce earlier this month, and continued Friday; when they placed first in the Texas FFA State Judging Contest at Sam Houston State University. As the top ag mechanics team in the state, the Saltillo group earns the privilege of competing at the national contest this fall.
The National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event is designed to recognize those students who have developed the competencies necessary for success in the constantly changing workplace. The traditional knowledge and skills are still a part of agricultural mechanics technical content, but many other abilities are now necessary. Emphasis is placed on the way in which students work with others, access information, solve complex problems, select an appropriate technology and apply the principles of science. The agricultural mechanics career development event balances problem-solving abilities with knowledge, skills and experience. These abilities are evaluated for students working together as a team and for each student working independently, according to http://web.missouri.edu/~schumacherl/natcon.html, the National FFA Online Teacher’s Workroom.
The national contest theme this year is plant production systems, which evaluates teams in five content areas: structural systems, machinery and equipment systems, energy systems, environment and natural resource systems, and industry and marketing systems, according to Saltillo FFA Chapter Advisor Michael Teague.
Machinery and equipment systems deals with repair, maintenance, processing, materials handling and adjustments. Marketing/information systems involves customer relations, accounting, communication, economics, safety, service calls, reading and understanding labels. Energy systems includes knowledge of mechanical power, electrical power, chemical power, wind power and solar power. Structural systems involves storage, handling, disposal, concrete, plumbing, structural material selection, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. For environmental/natural resource systems students must know about water quality, material compatibility, soil and water conservation and disposal of waste, according to the website.
Also included in the contest is a quiz and a team problem- solving activity, according to Teague.
The Saltillo group participating at the state meet included Teague and team members Brett Smith, Nolan Garmon, Bobby Goldsmith, Colton Smith, Chase Carr and State FFA Vice President Macy Eaves.
For more information about the Saltillo FFA Chapter, go online to: http://www.saltilloffa.org
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