Think kids don’t learn anything practical anymore? Check out the latest from the ag education classes at MHS and MMS..
The 10 students enrolled in the advanced animal science course are learning to identify companion animals by constructing life-size dog breeds. They are also creating a cat page and passing their knowledge about small animal identification on to their peers.
The kids were challenged to identify large livestock such as beef, dairy, horses, sheep, swine, and goats. Next they will learn about anatomy and the various body systems.
The 17 students enrolled in metal fabrication have been developing plans for welding projects, developing a list of materials, and getting started on constructing their projects.
You could say the 42 students enrolled in the greenhouse management course are back in nursery school. But, things have changed. Anna Kureninova from Natural Beauty talked to the class via Zoom about greenhouse production. The youth are learning the principles of running a greenhouse business, how to identify flowers, and about greenhouse equipment.
They also started planting seeds. Next the students will learn about planting media, hydroponics, and plant parts. In Fundamentals of Horticulture, 12 students are growing in knowledge about the different aspects of horticulture, floriculture design principles, and planting medias such as soil and hydroponics. They also tried their hand at constructing candy bouquets and will now learn about plant parts.
The 44 eighth graders enrolled in food and natural resources are learning about South Dakota’s agriculture commodities and sustainable agriculture. Animal science is up next for them.
The students are instructed by Sara Colombe.