Well, I made it through the first Trimester. Sure flew by- adapting my courses from a semester to a trimester was tough- we didnt get to cover nearly as much as I had hoped, but we did turn out some pretty nifty projects. New tri starts on Monday, so I will be going in tomorrow to get things ready and digest a little more turkey.
Here are a few of the projects my metals classes turned out. Keep in mind, these are 7th and 8th graders.
Lock boxes. Turned out several of these- really simple (well, relatively compared to some of the other projects) and most of them turned out great. A few "useable" and 2 or 3 "DNF'S".
A fin for a go cart. He was quite proud of this, with good reason. It turned out great. Easily the biggest thing we've made yet with my little 24" brake and shears.
Shields. Several different designs, pretty simple project.
I even had one student make SHEET METAL HIGH HEELS. Yes, you read that right! Under construction:
And her finished product:
She designed them completely by herself.
Monday I get to start all over again from scratch with a mostly fresh batch of kids. I've been talking to a few people about the possibility of changing my schedule and doing all of the Tech classes one tri, the metals in another, and including a "new" Metals & Engines 2 class in the last tri. Thinkin it would be fun to try and build a high-mileage go cart. Dont think they do this on the High school level anymore, let alone a middle school, but it would be fun to give them the rules / regulations and see what they come up with. Anyways, hope y'all enjoyed your Thanksgiving!