By: Hannah C.
Teams P participates in specials during period 1, and 2, starting the mornings off with the interactive classes of Art, Graphic Art, Health, and Tech Ed. Three may be familiar, but what is Tech Ed? Tech Ed is the middle school level woodshop class where students are able to carve and cut wood into two main projects: clocks and cars. This is the class at the eighth grade level. In seventh grade we must hand cut our wood pieces, while this year we get to use the power tools of sanders and saws.
With the first marking period having wrapped up just a few weeks ago, all students in the first term of Tech Ed got to race our cars on the last day. From rolling rainbows, to the fastest, slimmest designs, cars took the 50 foot course. Period 2 got to launch their cars and watch them speed across the tile floor. Following the wooden vehicles the class had to calculate their speed for miles per hour. Students got speeds of 37 miles per hour, to the quaint pace of 15 miles per hour.
However easy it sounds to build a wooden car with no auto parts incorporated, it is not as easy as it seems. Starting with a triangle piece of wood on the slope of a right angle, the creative process begins. The main two cars you are allowed to make is either a car going for speed, or an artistic statement car. Needing to meet a required length, students are expected to leave a certain width in the end to prevent turbulence. Other necessities are given, but the student is given creative freedom to fill their wild dreams. Making templates follows, then the tracing process, before you are even allowed the start cutting! Each car must also use the drill bit in order to add the holes for the wheel axle rods to go through. Made on the band saws, scroll saws, and cleaned up on the sanders, curves and sharp turns are added to fit students' patterned template.
Once the complex cuts are made and the wood work is done, learners are able to paint, draw, and decorate their creations to their ideal appearance. This is where people are really able to make their estranged block of wood really take form with adding the color visuals to promote the image. Some cars are left blank, and others are wild with detail! Each are unique, just like the creator of the cars. Students will be able to make their own during their marking period with Tech Ed in Mr. Decker’s class, limited to the eighth grade years.
Mrs. Walton on Team P has just open up a new 3D printer and is looking at using it in the near future. Some of the things that we will be looking to make or create are things that can help people or can be used in the classroom. Also, we will be making different Central York Panther spirit items. In order to make these designs, we will be using different coding websites, which I am personally excited and curious to see. Then we will be printing these designs using the 3D printer. It seems very exciting and I can’t wait to see what we can do with it.
Below is a picture of the printer with a couple of test items like a guitar pick and spool. It's a complicated process, but we are looking forward to the possibilities.