WINCHESTER — North Dundas District High School (NDDHS) has partnered with the Township of North Dundas to research, design, develop and then deliver garbage receptacles, bike racks, accessible benches and picnic tables for the township to use in the community.
The project has been funded through an Experiential Learning Project grant of $11,500 provided by the Ontario Government.
“We are incredibly thankful to have received this grant, which has allowed us to buy the equipment required to provide hands-on learning for our students and enhanced their learning environment.
Students are not only learning the ‘how-to’ but they have also been able to further develop skills in math and the arts,” said Ray Bougie, NDDHS Manufacturing teacher.
Under the guidance and mentorship of the school’s two manufacturing teachers, Ray Bougie and Andrew Whitton, students in grades 10, 11, and 12 construction and manufacturing classes will meet with Township of North Dundas staff to discuss the scope of the project.
Students have taken field trips to different communities throughout the township to determine needs and have started to design and develop prototypes.
As part of the process, students will learn about building codes – specifically the required standards for accessible benches and picnic tables – how to take order, price projects and order materials.
“Our students will be able to see their projects right here in our community, being used by their friends, families, and neighbours for the benefit of the entire area. Not only are they learning about manufacturing and construction, they are learning to collaborate with and positively contribute to their community,” added Whitton. “It is my hope that when these students have children one day, they will visit the local park and be able to watch their own kids use the equipment that they themselves built.”