|Project by tooldad||posted 12-22-2009 05:22 AM||11301 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
It’s that time of year again for decorating. After a tie in last year’s competition because of a technical victory, my students were ready for a good old fashioned “snow ball fight” if that’s what it came down to.
This year’s theme was decorate by subject and you must creatively use the DECA diamond logo in your display. That theme was pretty easy to come by since we are woodshop, we made santa’s workshop. We didn’t stop there. We made a mantle around a 19 in tv which played a dvd of a fireplace. We used a moving mickey in a santa coat working at a workbench with lightup tools. Finally we had a REAL WORKING TRAIN! moving in the soffit, in and out of our room. We also had holiday music playing and lights, of course.
Our freshman class was represented by the hand routered signs. The first year woods class has to make a picture frame in class, which was represented by the diamond logo frame with lights. Our second year woods class was represented by the fireplace mantle and crown molding. Our drafting class was represented with the diamond logo plan on the wall behind the Mickey figure. Finally our construction class was represented by the pvc pipe candy canes.
We won the competition, 7-6 votes. The second place was the counselors’ office that used trash bags to create a snow globe with a 5ft santa inside and a leaf blower to blow packing peanuts around inside of it. However if you blew it around too much the bags fell down. At least ours stood the test of the elements. Now the counselors are challenging us to best 2 out of 3. No problem, we already are planning next year’s design.
This is a fun project for my students, gets the chance to break up the “precision’ of a woodworking project. It also gets the shop program noticed since only about 10% of our school’s population is enrolled in a shop class each year.
Next year’s theme: GRISWOLD
If you know what I mean