2022 Team Activity

Updated September 6, 2022

Associate Superintendent Contact Information

  • Dr. Mark Zidon, Agricultural Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • Telephone: Work - (608) 342-1391 Cell (608) 330-0418

  • Email: zidon@uwplatt.edu


  • Team members will work together to solve multi-system agricultural problem(s) selected from the skills and problem solving of the five system competency areas. Team members will use the materials and equipment provided to solve the problem(s) and prepare a computer-generated report. Teams will organize themselves, assign duties and complete tasks together or separately depending on individual skills and abilities. Each team will determine activities needed to accomplish the tasks and communicate with each team member.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Team members will be required to wear personal protective equipment suitable for working safely with power tools for lumber and electrical wiring.

  • Safety glass with side shields that meet ANSI Z87.1 standards.

  • Clothing that does not have loose or frayed ends that could get tangled in power tools.

  • Clothing that is suitable for working in a shop.

  • Official FFA dress is not appropriate for this team activity.

Specific directions

  • Teams will be required to construct a stud wall portion of a utility shed.

  • Teams will also be required to install some electrical wiring in this stud wall.

  • Teams will be given specific directions via a shared Google document. This document will provide a blueprint of the wall and directions for wiring.

  • Team members will work cooperatively to complete the steps to construct the wall.

  • At the same time, team members will document their process and create a log of activities.

  • Teams will create a bill of materials for this project.

  • Teams will be given two hours to complete all tasks for this team activity.

  • At the conclusion of the activity, teams will submit the completed wall with the wiring completed.

  • At the conclusion of the activity, teams will also submit a written report. This written report will include

      • A title page

      • An introductory paragraph

      • Description of team member roles

      • Instructional steps to building and wiring the wall

      • The bill of materials with cost of materials

      • A concluding paragraph

Computer Requirements

Click here to download the computer requirements / checklist for the team activity: Computer Requirements

Evaluation/Scoring of team activity

The team activity will be scored as follows:

  • Teamwork process: 100 points

  • Team report: 50 points

  • Finished product: 250 points

  • Total for team activity: 400 points

Team Activity Product Evaluation (250 points)

Note: The FFA Team Scoring Rubric at the bottom of this page will be used to score the product of the team activity product. This is a tentative rubric and is subject to minor changes.

  • Stud wall construction (150 points)

o All lumber members correctly included (20 points)

o Accuracy of member lengths (30 points)

o Accuracy of angles of saw cuts (10 points)

o Correct placement of stud wall members (30 points)

o Correct use of fasteners (20 points)

o General effect of completed wall (40 points)

  • Electrical wiring (100 points)

o Wires cut to correct lengths (20 points)

o Wire lengths in boxes meet code (20 points)

o Wires securely fastened according to code (20 points)

o Electrical devices correctly wired (20 points)

o All wiring meets NEC standards (20 points)

Scoring of safety procedures

  • Teams will be observed during the process of the activity.

  • Points will be deducted from the team score if a judge observes violations of safety.

  • The judge will deduct points and will inform the team member(s) of the infraction.

  • If the safety infraction is repeated, a more severe deduction will be taken and the team member(s) will again be warned.

  • If repeated safety infractions or infractions that threaten the health of team members occur, the team may be disqualified and will be informed that they need to stop working on the team activity.


  • Interpret plans and working drawings.

  • Interpret lumber and manufactured wood product grade stamps.

  • Measure and mark lumber to correct lengths.

  • Operate power tools such as nibblers, drills and saws.

  • Operate hand tools such as saws and files.

  • Use power circular saw and/or hand saw to cut lumber.

  • Fasten lumber using nails, screws and/or carriage bolts.

  • Use appropriate standards for agricultural applications, including the National Electrical Code (NEC), Electrical Testing Laboratory (ETL), Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Canadian Standard Association (CSA) and/or OSHA standards.

  • Understand electrical circuits —amperage, watts, voltage, resistance and transistors.

  • Install electrical wires, electrical boxes, switches and outlets.

  • Develop a bill of materials.

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication abilities.

  • Demonstrate knowledge combined with leadership qualities and the ability to delegate responsibilities.

  • Understand and apply principles of mathematics, economics, biology and physics.

  • Have a high level of common sense, logic and critical thinking skills.

  • Think independently and analytically.

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instruction —written and oral.

  • Utilize current technologies —computers, electronics, mechanical systems, etc.

  • Productively use time, money and people.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Content Standards

  • CRP.04.02. Performance Indicator: Produce clear, reasoned and coherent written communication in formal and informal settings.

  • CRP.08.02. Performance Indicator: Investigate, prioritize and select solutions to solve problems in the workplace and community.

  • CS.03.04. Use appropriate protective equipment and demonstrate safe and proper use of AFNR tools and equipment.

  • CRP.04.01.01.b. Analyze use of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies in workplace situations.

  • RP.04.02.02.b. Apply techniques for ensuring clarity, logic and coherence to edit written communications

  • CRP.04.02.02.c. Compose clear and coherent written documents

  • CRP.04.03.01.b. Apply active listening strategies (e.g., be attentive, observe non-verbal cues, ask clarifying questions, etc.).

  • CRP.06.03.02.b. Elicit and assimilate input and feedback from individuals and organizations about new ideas or innovations for the workplace or community.

  • CRP.08.01.01.b. Apply steps for critical thinking to a variety of workplace and community situations.

  • CRP.08.02.01.b. Assimilate and prioritize potential solutions to solve problems in the workplace and community.

  • CRP.08.03.01.b. Analyze and determine the best problem-solving model to apply to workplace and community problems.

  • CRP.12.01.01.b. Formulate action plans to complete team-oriented projects in the workplace and community, including plans for personal contributions.

  • CRP.12.01.02.b. Apply consensus building techniques to accomplish results in team-oriented situations.

  • PST.01.02. Performance Indicator: Apply physical science and engineering principles to design, implement and improve safe and efficient mechanical systems in AFNR situations.

  • PST.01.02.01.c. Apply the scientific method to devise strategies to improve the efficiency of operation of AFNR-related mechanical systems.

  • PST.03.02.01.c. Analyze and design electrical circuits for AFNR power, structural and technical systems using knowledge of the basic units of electricity.

  • PST.03.02.03.b. Distinguish and select materials and tools used in electrical control circuit installation.

  • PST.03.02.03.c. Plan and install electrical control circuits and/or circuit boards to assure proper operation within AFNR power, structural and technical systems.

  • PST.04.03. Performance Indicator: Follow architectural and mechanical plans to construct, maintain and/or repair AFNR structures (e.g., material selection, site preparation and/or layout, plumbing, concrete/masonry, etc.).

  • PST.04.01.01.b. Apply scale measurement and dimension to develop sketches of agricultural structures.

  • PST.04.01.01.c. Create sketches of an agricultural structure by applying principles of design.

  • PST.04.02.02.b. Assess and analyze local building code requirements for agriculture structures.

  • PST.04.03.01.b. Analyze and assess samples of materials or products for quality and efficiency of workmanship.

  • PST.04.03.01.c. Select materials for a project based upon an analysis of the project and the quality of the materials.

  • PST.04.03.03.b. Calculate costs associated with the repair and replacement of wood and/or metal components in an AFNR structure.

  • PST.04.03.03.c. Construct AFNR structures using wood and/or metal materials.

  • PST.04.04.01.c. Install and/or repair fixtures following appropriate codes and standards.

  • PST.04.04.02.c. Plan and wire electrical circuits (i.e., single pole switch, three-way switch, duplex outlet, etc.).

  • PST.05.02.01.b. Analyze schematic drawings for electrical control systems used in AFNR systems.

Computer Requirements

Click here to download the computer requirements / checklist for the team activity: Computer Requirements

Evaluation/Scoring of team activity

  • Teams will be evaluated on their ability to work together (process) to complete the team activity task. Teams will be observed during the event and evaluated on the following:

  • Communications – All team members effectively communicate with each other throughout the entire activity.

  • Work distribution – Work was evenly distributed between all team members and all team members were employed at all times.

  • Time management – All team members managed their time efficiently.

  • Team organization – Team started right away, had no down time, was not rushed at the end of the task.

Suggested Resources:

  • General references specified for the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE

  • Agricultural Technical Systems and Mechanics, published by American Technical Publishers (ATP)

  • Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, published by Delmar-Cengage Learning

  • Power Tool Safety and Operation. Hobar Publications.

  • Basic Electricity Illustrated Edition by U.S. Naval Personnel

  • National Electrical Code (latest edition). NFPA.

Please review the general references for the CDE. - CDE rules

FFA Team Rubric