Farm farm equipment
Equipment


(Discover Agriculture or Discover
Science and Technology)
By Kerry Cordy

(Lower levels may complete any
requirement at a higher level as an optional requirement.)

Preschool:  Do
3 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Learn basic farm equipment
safety including:

•        Wear seatbelts whenever your ride in a truck,
tractor, or other large machine.
•        Wear appropriate clothing such as
heavy boots with no baggy or loose clothing that might get
caught in
machinery.  Make sure you wear sun protection if necessary.
•        Wear
long hair tied back or secured under a hat.
•        If your equipment
requires safety goggles or ear plugs, make sure you wear them.
•
Always be aware of uneven ground, other equipment around you, and
wandering animals or
people.
•        Listen to and obey all adults
in authority.
• Do not operate any machinery until you have been fully trained and approved by an adult. Do
not operate any machinery
you are not completely comfortable with.  Most states require children to
be at least 16 years old before operating motorized farm equipment.
•
If you have any questions about what you should or should not do, ask an
adult!

_____ 2.*  Identify at least three different types of farm
equipment.  Examples might include a tractor,
a milking machine, an
ATV, a rototiller, a seeder, a sprayer, a mower, a backhoe,
etc.

Level
1:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Preschool requirements
1 & 2.  Be able to identify at least 4 different types of farm
equipment.

_____ 2.*  Make a list of as many different types of farm
equipment as you can think of (at least 10).
How might the equipment
needed on one type of farm differ from that on another such as a dairy
farm and a vegetable farm, or a cattle farm and a chicken farm.

Level 2:
Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Level 1 requirements 1
& 2.  Be able to identify at least 5 different types of farm
equipment.

_____ 2.*  Learn about the history of farm equipment.
How has technology improved the farming
industry?

Level 3:  Do 6 requirements including
the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Level 2 requirements 1
& 2.  Be able to identify at least 6 different types of farm
equipment.

_____ 2.*  Choose a piece of farm equipment and create a
timeline of its development.  What could
be done to make this piece of
equipment even more useful and efficient? (This requirement may be
repeated as an optional requirement)

Level 4:  Do 7 requirements including
the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Level 3 requirements 1
& 2.  Be able to identify at least 7 different types of farm
equipment.

_____ 2.*  Create a poster, essay, or booklet that
compares and contrasts two leading brands of a
specific piece of farm
equipment such as tractors.  Which would you purchase?
Why?

Optional
requirements:
_____ 3.  Visit a farm and learn
about the equipment needed to run it.  (This requirement can be
repeated if you visit different types of farms with different
equipment.)

_____ 4.  Dream up an invention for a new piece of farm
equipment.  What would it do?  How would it
do it?  What would the
machine look like?  How would it be powered and operated?

_____ 5.
Create a 3D model of a piece of farm equipment.

_____ 6.  Participate
in a service project that has something to do with farm equipment such as
helping to fundraise to buy equipment for a community garden.

_____ 7.  Learn how to use a piece of farm equipment.

_____ 8.
Create a poster, website, or booklet to show what you have learned about farm
equipment.

_____ 9.  Learn how a piece of farm equipment runs.
Understand how the motor operates, how the
moving parts work,
etc.

_____ 10.  How much does farm equipment cost?  Create a realistic
budget for an imaginary farm.
How much money would you need to
purchase the basic equipment needed to run your type of
farm.  Which
pieces of equipment would be nice to have, but are not necessary and may be
eliminated if the budget gets too tight?

Websites:  These websites are not
associated with our program and we cannot guarantee
their content.
Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s
permission.

List of farm equipment
types
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_agricultural_machinery

Farm
Equipment site for kids
http://www.kidsfarm.com/equipment.htm