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AEST Independence High School

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Agriculture and Environmental Science and Technology (AEST)

Concepts of Agriscience is the foundation course for the Agricultural and Environmental Science and Technology program. All students must complete Concepts of Agriscience before being allowed to enroll in the advanced courses of the program. The course serves as an introduction to the sciences, technologies, and applied practices of the progressive agriculture/agriscience industry. Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology and science-based applications. The course focuses on providing an opportunity for students to explore the different fields of the agricultural sciences and develop foundation skills and knowledge needed for advancement in other courses and programs. Concepts of Agriscience may be taught to students in grade 9 or 10. The course carries one Carnegie unit of credit that can count as a science elective credit for high school graduation.

AEST Science of Agricultural Animals Level I is the pathway within the agricultural and environmental science and technology (AEST) program that concentrates on the production and management of animals in the agriculture industry. All students must complete the Concepts of Agriscience course before being allowed to enroll in the advanced courses of the program, such as the Science of Agricultural Animals Level I. This course focuses on genetics, reproduction, and animal growth as it relates to producing market or breeding animals. The course highlights technologies and applied practices of the progressive animal-agriculture industry. Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology, as well as hands-on, science-based applications. The course focuses on providing an opportunity for students to explore the areas of animal science and develop foundational skills and knowledge needed for advancement in other courses and programs. The Science of Agricultural Animals Level I course may be taught to any student who has successfully completed the Concepts of Agriscience course. The course carries one-half Carnegie Unit of credit that can count as an elective credit for high school graduation.

AEST Science of Agricultural Animals Level II is the upper level course for the agricultural and environmental science and technology (AEST) animal-science pathway. All students must complete both the Concepts of Agriscience and the Science of Agricultural Animals Level I courses before being allowed to enroll in the Level II advanced course of the program. The course is a culmination of in-depth study in the production, management, and evaluation of livestock based upon intended use. The course also addresses livestock facilities and management and guides students to research current issues in animal agriculture. Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology and hands-on, science-based applications. The course carries one Carnegie Unit of credit that can count as a science elective credit for high school graduation.

AEST Science of Agricultural Mechanization is one of the five pathway courses in the agricultural and environmental science and technology (AEST) program. All students must complete the Concepts of Agriscience course before being allowed to enroll in the advanced courses of the program, such as the Science of Agricultural Mechanization Level I course. This course within the agricultural mechanization pathway establishes basic skills in metal fabrication as it applies to an agricultural work environment. Students will attain basic skills in metal cutting and welding, which will lead to a more advanced skill set in the subsequent Level II course.  Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology, engineering, and math-based applications. The course focuses on providing an opportunity for students to explore the different fields of the agricultural sciences and develop foundational skills and knowledge needed for advancement in other courses and programs. The course carries one-half Carnegie Unit of credit that can count toward high school graduation.

All students must complete the Concepts of Agriscience and Science of Agricultural Mechanization Level I courses before being allowed to enroll in the Science of Agricultural Mechanization Level II course. This course within the agricultural mechanization pathway teaches advanced skills in mechanization as they apply to various aspects of an agricultural work environment. Students will attain advanced knowledge and skills in areas such as electricity, welding and fabrication, hydraulics and pneumatics, and the management and operation of agricultural equipment. Emphasis is on an active learning environment enriched with technology, engineering, and math-based applications. The course carries one Carnegie Unit of credit that can count toward high school graduation.

 


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