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Due to CDE credentialing, the South Region ENR CDE (to be conistent with
other regions) will also include a GPS Practicum. More info is listed below.

Teachers,



The Environmental Natural Resources CDE is designed to develop an
understanding of our state’s natural resources, while allowing students to
explore and prepare for possible careers in Natural Resources and
Environmental Science.



The Environmental/Natural Resources CDE is a four-person team event. This
event is open to students in grades 9-12 who are agricultural education
students, and are paid members of a chartered FFA chapter. Each student’s
name must appear on the chapter’s FFA roster at least 10 days prior to
competition above the chapter level.



During the Area CDEs, teams will complete a team activity (multiple choice
test), GPS Practicum, and an identification practicum.



The team activity will consist of a written exam and/or problem solving
stations. All four team members may work together as a team and discuss
questions to come up with the solution. New Rule Change: The team activity
score will count one time towards the team score.



The theme for 2012 is Ecosystems. Testing material can be found at
www.gaaged.org. Click on New GPS Pathway / Curriculum, then “Supplemental
Courses,” Ecosystems is unit 3 of the Natural Resources Mgmt Curriculum.



Students should bring a 12 channel GPS unit with them to the CDE.  I would
suggest that each team have at least 2 units and extra batteries. The map
datum needs to be set on NAD83 and the coordinate system should be set to
degrees/minutes/seconds. If your particular unit breaks the seconds down to
tenths of seconds, that is OK.  They will need to always set the tenths to
0(zero).



The students will be given the first latitude and longitude of the first
placard they are to locate.  When they arrive at this point there will be a
card stapled to the placard that has a number that corresponds to the first
location point they were to find.



There will also be a scientific name of one of the trees listed on the
Identification portion of the CDE. They need to copy this down on their
answer sheet and they look and see what number the card tells them to go to
next.  This number will be the second location point.  The latitude and
longitude for this point will be listed under the point number.  They will
enter this into their GPS and locate it.



They will repeat this process until they find four (4) points.  After
finding and recording the 4th point they will return to the starting
station.  At the starting station, they will need to write in the Common
Names of the trees they located.  Time will end when they turn their paper
in.  Please remember that this is a timed event.  They have 30 minutes to
find all 4 and write the common names.  Two points will be deducted for each
minute over 30 that it takes them to complete this portion of the CDE.  Time
will be called after 45 minutes.



The identification practicum will consist of 50 items. Each item will count
as 2 points.  Students may be required to identify the item from the actual
sample, a mounted or preserved sample, a photograph, a written description
or a sign of the item, such as track or a fruit or cone. A word bank will be
provided to students at the competition.



For official rules, please visit:

www.gaaged.org – Updated rules will be available soon.



Area V & VI ENR CDE will be held on Thursday September 15, 2011 at the Irwin
County CASE Farm. The event will begin at 4:30pm.



Please call or email if you have questions.



If you would like to compete in the event, please let me know by Monday
September 12th.


-- 
W. Justin Sealy
Area Forestry Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
229.328.8263