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  Megan Coy  2/5/2020 2:26:00 PM  

Save the Date: Invitational Ag Ed CDE/Agriscience Fair

Agricultural Education CDE Invitational
April 22nd, 2020
Lesson Plans Due: April 8th
Decatur MacArthur High School

District IV will be hosting an Agricultural Education CDE Invitational to be held on April 22nd at MacArthur High School in Decatur. Since many of our sections and districts are not currently offering this CDE, we wanted to provide FFA members statewide with the opportunity to participate in the Agricultural Education CDE prior to competing in the State CDE.

This event is open to FFA members statewide with a limit of one entry per chapter. We will be following the State Rules, as posted on the ILAGED Website. Students participating in the Preliminary Round will submit lesson plans and supplemental materials to Megan Coy at by April 8th. If your student would like feedback on their lesson plan prior to the State Lesson Plan Submission Date, you will need to submit one week earlier (April 1st).  Lessons should be created for a 9th Grade Introduction to Agriculture Class. Students can choose any content found in the Introduction to Agriculture Course Outline, as posted in the state rules. These plans must be submitted using the Lesson Plan template on the website (see attached document).  An example lesson plan can be found here.

A maximum of 10 contestants will be selected to advance the Invitational Finals based on their lesson plan scores. Finalists for the Invitational will be notified by April 15th (if less than 10 submissions, you will be notified April 9th), and a demonstration schedule will be developed at that point. The ten finalists will present their lesson to a class of 8-12 FFA members and a panel of judges at the assigned time on April 22nd at MacArthur High School. A laptop and projector will be provided in the demonstration room. All materials submitted with the original lesson plan will be pre-loaded onto the provided laptop.

Questions can be directed Megan Coy (

Agriscience Fair
April 22nd, 2020
Decatur MacArthur High School

District IV will be hosting an invitational Ag Ed CDE & Agriscience Fair at MacArthur High School (Decatur) on April 22nd.  Registration for the Agriscience Fair will begin at 5:00pm with competition times starting at 5:30pm.   Teachers need to complete the Google Form for each competitor (individual or pair).  For this invitational Agriscience Fair, FFA membership is not required.  All students will receive a framed certificate with their rating.  Other recognition will based on sponsor’s wishes.  More information will be shared closer to the event.


·         FFA

·         Non-FFA


·         Animal Systems

·         Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

·         Food Products and Processing Systems

·         Plant Systems

·         Power, Structural & Technical Systems

·         Social Systems

Projects will be scored on:

1. Completed Project Report 

·         Title Page

·         Abstract

·         Introduction

·         Review of Literature

·         Materials & Methods

·         Results

·         Discussion and Conclusion

·         References

·         Acknowledgements

2. Display 

Developing Your Display: All projects must have the following information attached to the exhibit:

·         Name of person(s) responsible for developing the project

·         Chapter name

·         Title of category entered

The exhibit panels must be constructed to be stable and free standing. The maximum size for a project is 48 inches wide by 30 inches deep (the distance from front to back) by 108 inches high (from floor to top of display, this includes the table and project). Tables will be provided and will not exceed a height of 36 inches. No materials, other than the project report, may be displayed on the table. Failure to meet these requirements will result in disqualification.

3. Interview 

The interview is an opportunity for judges to ask you questions about your project. Interview and questions for Agriscience fair participants will normally be 5-10 minutes.

A team project must be presented by a team of two. If only one team member is present, the team will be penalized. Substitutions are not permitted. The interview portion is used to help judges determine both the extent to which you actually participated in the project and your knowledge gained.

All participants are required to meet face to face with the judges to explain their projects. Participants/teams unable to meet with judges during the allotted time will be disqualified.

To view more information, including rubrics click the link here.


Megan Coy
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-493-8791 Cell: 217-493-8791
Address: 801 N. Country Fair Drive Suite C, Champaign, IL 61821
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