Friday, February 08, 2019

"Do you have a screw gun?"

My student decided to build a boat. He used hot melt glue to affix the sides, but then for the ends, asked if I had screws and a screw gun. He thought they were called for as the awkward angle of the sides would make nailing difficult.

It is wonderful to observe first and second grade boys with such a grasp of the technicalities involved in making things from wood.

I helped him with the first screw or two, showing how drilling a pilot hole first would help to get the screws started. From then on the work was his own. That he asked for screws and a screw gun suggest that he comes from a home in which his parents are involved in doing real things and letting him take part.

The lightweight cordless drill made by Tacklife is an excellent tool for kids in similar circumstances, as it is considerably smaller than most cordless drills.

Today my 5th and 6th grade students will build a model bridge in preparation for building a real foot bridge at school, crossing a creek. It is too cold out for them to begin work on the real thing. Tomorrow February 9, 2019, I have a 3-D  design class with ESSA. The lessons apply beyond box making and there are still openings in the class. Call 479-253-5384 to enroll.

Make, fix and create... Assist others in learning likewise.

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