My students don't arrive with any prerequisite skills, and our school accepts anyone who applies until we reach capacity. Students hail from all over our district. My Hispanic students make-up 67%, Caucasian are 20%, and African-American students account for 5%. The special education students represent 10% and over 50% of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch services. We are a diverse population coming together with the shared goal of connecting traditional and technical education.
My students are embarking on a four year journey that blends all their traditional classroom instruction with extensive work in advanced manufacturing and commercial construction.
We are blending the creative and technical outlets in wood and metal with the theoretical work they would normally only engage with in the isolation of the classroom. My students are excited for the projects we are designing to see how all their content seamlessly applies to the outside world. Students will be tackling that work in the contexts of community involvement, personal development, and industry relevance.
My students will learn the science and application of concrete. They will take their knowledge and use it to support their local community.
They will work directly with the trowels, brackets, and mixer to make a sidewalk in front of a nearby elementary school.
They will donate their time to grade the dirt, build the forms, pour the concrete and stamp the concrete pads with the schools Mascot footprint.
They will be calculating the material costs, labor costs, and submitting mock estimates for this project. All the labor and materials will be donated by the students. This project will give the students a real life experience with submitting a bid and following through with the material purchase, labor and completion of a construction project.
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