Images and articles within this site are still primarily from SMPS, but will gradually grow to include experiences here at WNS. In my desire to document all that I possibly can, and to maintain an archive of a diverse selection of student projects, I have chosen to keep everything available. I find there is great value for current students to see previous student work, and for now that means work from another school.
The elective schedule is a bit different at WNS. Rather than meet three times per 6-day cycle for 45 minute periods, I see the students once per cycle for 2 hours. While the total number of minutes is reduced, the quality of work during that time has improved. We can dive deeper into our projects for extended periods, and clean up happens just once. Students don't feel rushed to start on a project, only to have to clean up a few minutes later.
As my students are new to the space and the tools, I am spending time getting them trained. Our first project is the creation of wooden toolboxes from scrap wood in our Maker Court. These boxes are for our 6th grade to use during the Legends of the Trash Creatures project, and frankly for any future project where groups need to store a small amount of supplies. By building these toolboxes, students learn to use the miter saw, belt sander, band saw, drills, drivers, clamps, square and measuring tape. They learn to take accurate measurements, to plan ahead, and to organize their materials and tools. They learn to respect the use of power tools and to work safely.