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AG CONSTRUCTION CLASSES

December 14, 2015 - The Ag Construction I classes at the Litton Agriculture Campus had a very constructive semester. During the year, students learned basic shop safety, arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, measuring, safe and proper tool usage, and other basic shop skills. The students then put the basic shop skills they learned to work creating projects for themselves or others.

The first project was a small utility bench/stool. Students reverse-engineered a plan from a completed stool. The plan included a 3-D view drawing, cutting bill of materials and purchasing bill of materials. Each student completed one bench, coated with polyurethane and now have an ag mechanics' project to exhibit at local, district, and state fairs.

For the second project, the students selected from a possible three choices. Plans were developed, and materials were ordered from Pat Thorne Lumber. Each student completed their project with the help of others. Tools used included: power saw, miter saw, table saw, home-made miter box, power nailer, cordless drill, square, tape measure, etc. Many times educators and parents forget the value of developing problem solving skills, creative thinking, and critical thinking skills in a production environment (shop).

December 1, 2014 - The Ag Property and Maintenance class at the Litton Agriculture Campus were putting their skills to use at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center these past few weeks. The students were in charge of the pouring the concrete slab for the expansion of the hog floor. The students evaluated the site, created a plan for the new floor design, set forms, placed rebar, calculated the amount of concrete needed, poured the concrete, and will soon be finishing the floor. This is the first stage of the expansion project. The project will have two more concrete pours for the other sections of the floor, wall for the house, construction of the houses, watering systems, gates, and finally landscaping. With this new expansion the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center will be able to house 16 more market hogs this summer as project for Livingston County 4-H and FFA youth.

June 10, 2014 - On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 students at the Litton Agriculture Campus got to spend a little time in the shop to help out a worthy cause. The students cut out 80 bird houses for campers at Camp Rainbow to put together during their craft time.

Camp Rainbow is a camp for children and adults with various types of mental and physical disabilities. The camp provides a loving and accepting environment for campers to come and have a fun filled experience. The age of campers is 9 and up.

Due to the rainy day the students at the Litton Ag Campus couldn’t work outside, so the students spent time in the shop learning to use a saw, power tools, and a tape measure.

2013-2014 - The Ag Construction classes at the Litton Agriculture Campus had a very constructive year. During the school year student learned basic shop safety, arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, measuring, safe and proper tool usage, and other basic shop skills. The students then put the basic shop skills they learned to work creating projects for themselves or others.

Some of the projects made were livestock gates, replacing a floor of a hay trailer, 24 foot goose neck implement trailer with a hydraulic dove tail, 18 foot car trailer, pickup flatbed, large tool bench, fish cleaning table, and various other small projects. Some of the FFA members will be exhibiting their work at local, district, and state fairs.

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