CASE courses consist of a full year of lessons that utilize activity-, project-, and problem-based learning set in an inquiry-based approach. CASE has the goal to increase the rigor and relevance of agriculture subject matter and enhance core academic areas including science, mathematics, and English. CASE curriculum provides the teacher everything they need to facilitate classroom instruction except equipment and supplies. CASE is student-directed and inquiry based.
The first course in the CASE sequence of courses, which introduces students to leadership, science, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics using the hands-on approach of activities, projects, and problems. Students also develop a career portfolio as they investigate their personal interests and careers in agriscience.
A foundational level (sophomore) course where students explore the world of animal agriculture and develop a management guide for an animal of their choice. Areas of study include history and domestication, handling and behavior, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, health, selection, and marketing.
A foundational level (sophomore) course where students study the production of plants while developing a grower’s handbook. Areas of study include soils, hydroponics, plant anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, growing environments, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, insects and diseases, and production and marketing.
A specialization level (junior) course where students study animal and plant biotechnology concepts while utilizing a laboratory notebook. Research and experimental design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate investigations. Areas of study include micropipetting, bacterial cultures and transformations, electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reaction.