This past summer, Big Walnut/DACC Satellite Ag Science Instructor and FFA Advisor Jeff Stimmell attended a two-week conference in Piqua, Ohio, hosted by Upper Valley Career Center through an organization called Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), and the trip resulted in a grant that Stimmell received for the high school’s Agricultural Science program.
Stimmell said the CASE staff develops yearlong classes for teachers all across the country to use if they have participated in the professional development institutes. “This summer when I was attending the Principles of Agricultural Science-Animals Institute, the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association announced that they were giving a grant to all of the Ohio teachers in attendance to purchase classroom equipment to implement the new course. With the grant money, I placed the order for almost $1,050 in supplies, ranging from scientific equipment to consumable materials used to make the class more hands-on and engaging for students.”
Stimmell said the Big Walnut High School Ag Science Program is using the curriculum to cover a new Introduction to Veterinary Science class this year. “This was my third certification through CASE,” Stimmell said. “I was certified in Principles of Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources and Food Science & Safety the last two summers. The curriculum is really engaging, and gives students the opportunity to learn concepts relating to the science of agriculture through labs and practical application activities, rather than lecture and notes.”
Stimmell said that CASE is becoming the standard by which great agriculture programs should be measured because of the rigor and real life applications the lessons and units give to continuing education students.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.