A Grant from The Success Foundation that has given students at Heath Middle School a very unique opportunity through their Industrial Arts classes. Teacher, Mike Pearson worked with fifty-six 7th and 8th graders to partner with local non-profits and build projects that support their needs. Students were able to learn planning and drafting, scaling and development in a computer program where they are able to test different drafts through trial and error, and then move to the final stages where they built their design. “They are researching, creating, testing, and finishing their own designs,” said Mr. Pearson.
Mr. Pearson started this class to give students the opportunity to interact with community leaders to find projects to design and build. “I have found this past year that my students were unaware of community organizations and their mission goals. As the students learn of and interact directly with the organizations, they will gain a sense of pride in their community, gain experience with communication skills, and learn to collaborate in in a project-based learning environment.” Mr. Pearson’s hope has turned into reality as his students worked closely with local nonprofits to build items that support need. Students in this year’s Industrial Arts classes partnered with Lutheran Family Services, the Weld County Food Bank, Poudre Learning Center, First Congregational Church, and also created magnetic whiteboards to help students with Dyslexia and Sensory Boards to help students with disabilities. The class presented their items during their second Industrial Arts Showcase. Mr. Pearson was also excited to announce that future students in his class will now gain certification through these projects.