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This course is geared toward students who are interested in hands-on problem solving projects related to crafting and/or manufacturing products with a material focus on wood.  Students will experience product development with different machine, power, and hand tools from an existing or self created design. Students will be exposed to knowledge about manufacturing processes with wood, metal, and plastic. 

Students who are interested in enrolling in this class are interested in a trade, physical and/or graphic art, product design, manufacturing and/or engineering.

Note to future engineers, artists, and designers; companies and universities are looking for students with hands-on design and building experiences with various tools and materials rather than students with just book knowledge and computer skills.
Level 1 & 2: are both introductory levels for students who have little or no experience in the planning and building of homemade wooden projects. In level 1, the emphasis is placed on a variety of both machines and hand operations. All students in level 1 will make the same basic projects in order to gain an understanding of how wood can be used in future “handyman” projects. Level 2 students review much of what is learned in level 1 with the exception that the students will be involved in the design options of the assigned projects. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.
 
Level 3: is a permission only course (see prerequisites). In this level, the students will design and build either a small table or cabinet (drafting skills are mandatory). A good understanding of wood joinery and machine operations is a must for this course along with the ability to stay on task and work through a long-range project. Good work habits, craftsmanship, and an outside research report are also a requirement. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.
 
 
Level 4 & 5: are both permission only courses (see prerequisites). Before registering for this course, the student should submit to the instructor a detailed plan of the project(s) that the student will be building (e.g. detailed sketches of projects with joinery details, drafted working drawings if possible, and a preliminary material list and cost). This level will require great deal of independent study and utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship. A daily log is required because a written report and oral presentation will be required at the end of each term. Prerequisite: Passing the previous Manufacturing level with a grade “C” or above plus positive behavior & work ethics.


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    "Manufacturing - where engineering, design, and art come together." - anonymous

    "Form follows function - a product's purpose comes before its artistic appearance." - anonymous

    "A designer's challenge is to create the artist's idea.  An engineer's challenge is to create the designer's idea.  A tradesman's challenge is to have the engineer's idea reality." - me

    Note: Pictured are products by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Regional Products or Physical Art ChallengeRegional Products or Physical Art Challenge
    Students were proposed a Physical Art Challenge as one of their independent products.  This class is not only geared to engineering, design, and manufacturing but also art.  This class is the ultimate art class since students have the opportunity to use their craftsmanship to build art.

    The challenge is to craft an artistic piece that relates to the Madison region.  Madison High School is located in the heart of Ohio's Wine Country,  Northern Ohio's nurseries, near a Nuclear Power Plant, and contains a Frank Lloyd Wright architectured home. 

    There are many acres of vineyards in the area with many wineries.  There are also many acres of nurseries supplying the region's landscape contractors and garden centers.  The nurseries are also known for their bee keepers.  First Energy operates the United States' largest and most expensive nuclear power plant.  It was featured in the critically ridiculed movie from the 1980's, "Howard the Duck." Designed in 1951by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Karl A. Staley House in North Madison is situated on a bluff.  The house is constructed of stone that stretches in a long I-plan. A glass façade takes advantage of the view of Lake Erie.

    A few students have taken on this challenge.  Anthony Madonna created a very large wine rack.  Joey Sines created a wine bottle gift box.  Great work guys!  We are expecting more creative products and/or artistic productions in future semesters.

    NOTE: pictured is Main Street of Madison, Ohio.
  • Engineering Challenge: CatapultEngineering Challenge: Catapult
    Upper level students completed catapults as apart of an engineering project launched by Wes Folsom for one of their independent products.  Zach Skidmore's performed the best followed by Chris Mullins then Wes out of the 8 that were created.  Students' catapults were graded based on the projectiles' loft and distance and the catapult's quality and resilience to stress.  The catapults will be donated to the Science Department.  Great job, students!  Next semester, the Trebuchet Product Challenge.

    Note: Click on the Classroom Image Gallery for more images. :-)
  • Engineering Challenge: TrebuchetEngineering Challenge: Trebuchet
    "Manufacturing - where engineering, design, and art come together." - anonymous

    "Form follows function - a product's purpose comes before its artistic appearance." - anonymous

    "A designer's challenge is to create the artist's idea.  An engineer's challenge is to create the designer's idea.  A tradesman's challenge is to have the engineer's idea reality." - me

    Note: Pictured are products by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Engineering Challenge: Spring Loaded CannonEngineering Challenge: Spring Loaded Cannon
    Upper level students completed catapults as apart of an engineering project launched by Wes Folsom for one of their independent products.  Zach Skidmore's performed the best followed by Chris Mullins then Wes out of the 8 that were created.  Students' catapults were graded based on the projectiles' loft and distance and the catapult's quality and resilience to stress.  The catapults will be donated to the Science Department.  Great job, students!  Next semester, the Trebuchet Product Challenge.

    Note: Click on the Classroom Image Gallery for more images. :-)
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