Introducing the 2018 FFA Northeast Area Star in Agriscience Riley Bingham of the Vinita FFA ChapterThu, 12 Apr 2018 13:28:29 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the twenty Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization. The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Production Agriculture. This week, we are spotlighting the five area stars in Agriscience, who will compete for the State Star Award in Agriscience during the Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 1-2, 2018 in Oklahoma City.
Today, we are spotlighting the Northeast Area Star in Agriscience, Riley Bingham of the Vinita FFA Chapter. Riley has a passion for structural design and functionality, which he hopes to cultivate after high school by pursuing a degree in architectural engineering at Oklahoma State University. In the meantime, though, he turned his passion into his agriscience project, measuring the structural impact that Oklahoma's three main environmental hazards has on homes and barns and how to best protect structures from them. In his research, Riley examined how earthquakes, high wind speeds and drastic temperature changes impact buildings in Oklahoma. He then tested different types of structural reinforcements such as hurricane clips and roof sheathing to determine what worked best at minimizing extreme weather's impact.
"I found that putting a half-inch sheathing on a home or barn will prevent the wind damage and movement during an earthquake as well as keep the home or barn cooler and help cut down on energy costs to heat or cool the structure during the winter and summer months," he explained. "Literally one solution can help solve all three problems."
To conduct his research, Riley used earthquake simulators and spoke with knowledgeable engineers to construct his experiments and synthesize his findings into useable information that can be applied in real life and on the farm. As his chapter's vice president and an active member of its farmers market and catering team, forestry team and others - Riley has had a lot of exposure in during his high school career to the benefits that FFA offers its members. He says FFA has helped him develop his work ethic and a sense of commitment to something, which truly shines through in his project.
"FFA has opened me up as a person and showed me these new opportunities in life I can pursue," he said, "and really helped me to pick out a path for myself."
You can hear his entire conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.
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