All resources in Nebraska Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Agricultural Current Events Journal

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Students will write a daily response to an agriculture news story and make connections to thier community and predict the impact of the event on the agriculture industry.  Reading current agriculture news will help students be more informed consumers while also helping them to connect content learned in agriculture class to real-world events and applications. Written by Taryn Dameron.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Idea Storm Activity

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This activity guides students through an ‘idea storm’ where they practice identifying a pain point, or opportunity, in the context of exploring business ownership, entrepreneurship, and Supervised Agricultural Experiences as part of agricultural education.  Developed by Engler Entrepreneuship Program, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Conducting Agricultural Research

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Students will explore the steps in conducting scientific investigation in Agriculture and discuss safety precautions that should be followed in conducting agricultural research. Lesson plan from the New Mexico Animal, Plant, and Soil Science Lesson Plan Library.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Intro to Agriculture - Oxy-fuel Welding and Cutting

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This introductory lesson presents an overview of the applications associated with the oxy-fuel welding and cutting processes.  Learners will be exposed to the equipment associated with the process as well as the fundamentals and applications necessary to accurately weld and cut using the process. This lesson should only be used if the instructor has previous experience in oxy-fuel welding.  The instructor must add additional safety protocols associated with the manufacturers of the equipment and school guidelines.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

What Is GIS?

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Geographic information systems (GIS) are important technology that allows rapid study and use of spatial information. GIS have become increasingly prevalent in industry and the consumer/internet world in the last 20 years. Historically, the basis of GIS was in mapping, and so it is important to understand the basis of maps and how to use them as well as why they are different from GIS. In this lesson, students learn the value of maps, how to use maps, and the basic components of a GIS. They are also introduced to numerous GIS applications.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Andrey Koptelov, Nathan Howell

Making Maps that Matter with GIS

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The Nature of Geographic Information is an orientation to the properties of geographic data and the practice of distance learning. The purpose of this course is to promote understanding of the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) enterprise. GIS&T is the intersection of professions, institutions, and technologies that produce geographic data and render information from it. It is a rapidly growing and evolving field. Learning is a way of life for all GIS&T professionals. With this in mind, I hope that this text may contribute to your lifelong exploration of how geospatial technologies can be used to improve the quality of life-yours and your neighbors', locally and globally, now and in the future.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: David DiBiase

Electrical Wiring: Branch Circuits

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In this lesson on branch circuits in electrical wiring, students will explore installing devices, calculating load and location, and safety in electrical wiring of branch circuits. Documents include a slide presentation and notes, NEC diagram, and four student practice worksheets.  

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Value-Based Planters

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Gauge your students’ skills and teach them new ones in this fun, introductory woodworking project using found pallet lumber.  Valuable for assessing what skills students have, do not have, and how hard students work (tearing apart pallets), while providing planters that can be sold as a fundraiser.  Written by Boyd Bowder.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Animal Science Injection Lab

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In this lesson, students will discover how to administer three different types of injections (Subcutaneous, Intramuscular, and Intravenous) though a hand-on activity. Students will use actual syringes and needles to administer medication to their animal (hamburger buns in a sandwich bag). Along with the injection lab students will learn the difference between medications and vaccinations, and why they are both important!

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Morgan Segner

Agriscience Fair

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These resources present an overview of FFA agriscience fair options and requirements, gives tips on recruitment for team members, timeline for project work, and templates for a written report and a poster. Written by Brandon Jacobitz.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture

Author: Owl Nest Manager