Ag Department to Receive CNC Plasma Table Systm
Neoga High School is excited to announce that in the coming weeks we will be adding a 4' X 8' CNC Plasma Table System to our Agriculture Education Department. The full funding of this equipment has been made possible through EIEFES (Eastern Illinois Education for Employment Systems). EIEFES is a consortium of 27 school districts collaborating to update and upgrade Career and Technical education programs.
The CNC Plasma machine will greatly improve our Agriculture curriculum and provide our students with a modern hands-on learning opportunity in metalworking, design, and fabrication. The initial plan for the CNC machine is to incorporate it into 8th grade Exploratory Ag class, Introduction to Agriculture Industries, and Agriculture Mechanics. The 8th grade class will use the CNC machine with the wood router option that is purchased with the system. The students will learn the basics of woodworking and CAD design to create a small project of their choosing using the machine and software. The Introduction class will use the CNC machine as an intro into metal design using a basic CAD software. In the Agriculture Mechanics class, the class will use the CNC machine to learn advanced metal design, fabrication, and to develop custom metal work including developing project budgets for any project. With the current enrollment in these classes, over 70 students will learn to use the CNC machine in just the first year. Plans for the CNC include allowing student to create their own projects using the design software, create custom metal signs and other work for community members, and create awards for our FFA Chapter. We believe the CNC machine will greatly benefit our program and our students through incorporating modern technology and methods into a variety of our courses offered.