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Agricultural Power and Technology and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture Case Institutes

ATP – July 6-17, 2020

MSA – July 6-18, 2020

Washington State University


Palouse Hills Washington

WSU will be hosting the CASE Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) institutes concurrently. Teachers completing one of these CASE Institute will earn certification for the second or third course in the Agricultural Engineering Pathway.

APT Course Description

The focus of Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) is to expose to students to mechanics, power, technology, and career options in the world of agriculture. Students participating in the APT course will have experiences in various mechanical and engineering concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student’s experiences will involve the study of energy, tool operation and safety, material properties, machine operation, and structural components. Students will acquire the basic skills to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. Throughout the course, students will apply the engineering principles to the construction of machines and structures.


Students will explore projects and problems similar to those that a mechanic, technician or engineer may face in their respective careers. In addition, students will understand specific connections between science, math, and technical skills applied to Supervised Agricultural Experiences and FFA components that play an important role developing an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.


The APT course of study includes:

·         Shop Safety

·         Tool Operation

·         Material Selection and Uses

·         Fabrication

·         Energy and Power Production

·         Machine Components and Design

·         Agricultural Structures

·         Engineering

·         Technical Applications of Math and Science


MSA Course Description

Mechanical Systems in Agriculture is a specialization-level course designed to provide rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students apply technical and engineering skills while becoming competent in the processes used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural structures, engines, and equipment. Students practice technical skills including reading prints, troubleshooting machines, documenting an engine teardown and assembly, reading schematics, researching machine replacement parts, and calculating production efficiencies. The engineering portion of the course includes prototype development, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, documentation of machine processes, machine automation and programming, testing designs for structural integrity, and calculating machine speed and power.

Students will maintain an Engineering Notebook throughout the course documenting their experiences in the shop and laboratory. Research and engineering design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate engineering projects. The course concludes with a final engineering project, which students choose based upon course experiences and interest.

Mechanical Systems in Agriculture includes the following units of study.

·         Agricultural Engineering

·         Structures

·         Engines

·         Machines

·         Engineering Solutions



The cost of the Washington State University APT & MSA CASE Institutes is $3,000 per individual. The registration covers lodging, curriculum, shuttle to class, cost of instructional materials, shirt, printing, and meals during the week. The registration deadline is May 1, 2020. See Cancelation Policy below.


Purchase orders and check should be made payable and mailed to:

Washington State University Crop and Soil Sciences Department

ATTN: Anna Warner

PO Box 646420

Pullman, WA 99164-6420



Please contact Anna Warner or J.D. Baser with any questions.



Monday, July 6, 2020

·         4:00-7:30 pm Registration, Dinner, Orientation, & Curriculum Download

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – Friday, July 10, 2020 

·         8:00 am – Noon – CASE APT or MSA Class

·         Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Provided

·         1:00 pm – 5:00 CASE APT or MSA Class

·         Dinner – Time and Location varies on day

Saturday, July 11, 2020 – Sunday, July 12, 2020

·         Free Day

·         Optional area sightseeing/activities will be planned

Monday, July 13, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020 

·         8:00 am – Noon – CASE APT & MSA Class

·         APT Institute Ends at NOON – Depart for Travel

·         Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Provided

·         1:00 pm – 5:00 CASE MSA Class

·         Dinner – Time and Location varies on day

Saturday, July 18, 2020

·         8:00 am – Noon – CASE MSA Class

·         Depart for travel



Participants will be lodged at:

COAST Hilltop Inn
928 NW Olsen Street
Pullman, WA 99163

The Hilltop provides wi-fi,  indoor pool and spa, restaurant and bar, hot breakfast buffet, shuttle to and from campus, and access to a 24/7 gym. Check-in is 4:00pm  and check-out is 11:00am.

Lodging will be in double-occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms and additional nights can be arranged for and additional fee. Please contact Anna Warner prior to June 1stth to request and pay for single occupancy rooms or additional nights.

Travel Details


·         Pullman Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) – Alaska & American Airlines fly into the Pullman-Moscow Airport, which is about 10 minutes from campus.

·         Spokane International Airport (GEG) – The Spokane airport is about an hour and a half from campus and offers more flight availability. Transportation to and from this airport may be arranged. Please contact Anna Warner to discuss these arrangements.

·         Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) – Delta flies into the Lewiston Airport about an hour south of campus.



  • Nature Based:

o   Kamiak Butte—Travel Time ~20 minutes

o   Steptoe Butte—Travel Time ~45+ minutes

o   Palouse Falls—Travel Time ~1.5 hours

o   Lower Granite Dam—Travel Time ~45 minutes

o   Hells Canyon Tour—Travel Time ~45 minutes


  • Educational Experiences:

o   Pullman Focus:

  • WSU Art Museum—On Campus
  • Sweitzer Engineering Tour—Off Campus ~5 minutes


o   WSU Agriculture:

  • WSU Dairy Center—Off Campus ~15 minutes
  • WSU Beef Center—Off Campus ~15 minutes
  • WSU Wheat Greenhouses—On Campus
  • WSU Pulse Crop Greenhouses—On Campus
  • WSU Grizzly Bears—On Campus


  • Recreational Activities

o   Palouse Ridge Golf Club—Travel Time ~5 minutes

o   Airway Hills Mini Golf –Travel Time ~5-10 minutes

o   Stand-Up Paddle Boarding/ Kayak on the Snake (Lewiston/Clarkston)—Travel Time ~ 45minutes


  • Regional Weekend Travel Ideas:

o   Winetasting

  • Walla Walla—Travel Time ~2 hours
  • Prosser—Travel Time ~2-3 hours
  • Yakima Valley—Travel Time ~3.5 hours
  • Moscow, ID. – Travel Time ~ 15-20 minutes

o   Seattle, WA—Travel Time ~5 hours

  • Space Needle
  • Experience Music Project (EPM)
  • Riding the “Duck” Tours
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pacific Science Center

o   Spokane—Travel Time ~1.5 hours

  • Local Parks
  • Gondola Ride Over the Falls
  • Escape Room
  • Distilleries
  • Brewery Options

o   Boise, ID—Travel Time ~5.5

  • Tours of the Mines
  • Breweries
  • Local Outdoor Entertainment





Individuals who cancel their registration from May 1 – June 19 will incur a $550 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 19th unless extenuating circumstances are documented.

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