Adventures in Ag

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Adventures in Ag

Type Life Science
Category Study

Adventures in Ag is a Division C event that was first run as a trial event at the 2013 Texas state tournament. It focuses around agricultural engineering and horticulture.

The Event

Students will not be allowed outside materials in this event. The event is run as nine stations, with four minutes allowed at each station. Each station focuses on a specific topic, though some topics may be focused on at more than one station. Students are not allowed to repeat stations or communicate with students on other teams. Each station is worth a pre-determined number of points, and a tie-breaker question will be administered once time has run out for the last station. This question will only be used if a tie is found.

Wood Engineering

Wood engineering is the topic of the first and second stations, requiring competitors to identify specific types of wood. Wood types included in the rules are cherry, pine, balsa, oak, mahogany, spruce, cedar, redwood, hemlock, fir, and hemfir.

National Wildlife Management

National Wildlife Management is the topic of stations three and four. While the trial event rules say that the stations are meant to quiz competitors over America's endangered animals, not all animals on the list remain classified as endangered.

Alabama Sturgeon

Atlantic Salmon

Attwater's Prairie-Chicken

Canada Lynx

Grey Wolf

Houston Toad

Mexican Wolf

Mexican Spotted Owl

Peregrine Falcon

Piping Plover

Horticulture

Station five focuses around horticulture, and takes the form of a short 10 question quiz surrounding general knowledge of plants. All questions are multiple choice.

Tissue Culture

Plant Reproduction

Stages of Photosynthesis

Uses of Plants

Plant Cell Parts

Refer to Cell Biology#Cell Structure

Crop Identification

Stations six and seven revolve around identifying common crops grown in the United States. Pictures or physical samples of the plants will be provided.

Wheat

Oat

Barley

Corn

Rye

Sorghum

Sunflower

Agricultural Engineering

Station eight consists of a five question multiple choice test surrounding engineering concepts, facts, and basic problems involving vectors. One question on the test will take the form of a hypothetical engineering situation or problem with three possible solutions.

Farm Feeds

The final station requires competitors to identify five different types of horse or cow feed. Students may see, touch, and smell samples of different feeds, but cannot harm the samples in any way.

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