Magazine article Techniques

Wyoming Takes Kids 'N' Careers to the National Convention

Magazine article Techniques

Wyoming Takes Kids 'N' Careers to the National Convention

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Thirty-five sixth-grade students from a Las Vegas middle school participated in the Kids 'n' Careers workshop sponsored by the Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) at the ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo on December 9, 2004. This exhibition was developed from the Kid's 'n' Careers workshop that is offered during the Wyoming Summer Conference. Kevin English from Arizona ACTE and Rex Hayhurst from Cody worked together with other Wyoming and Las Vegas teachers to plan and implement this activity.

The students received safety glasses, a tool belt with tools and a wooden car kit as they entered the exhibit area. The tool belts were donated by 84 Lumber, and Pitsco donated hats, t-shirts and several mousetrap car kits.

Students sat in groups of two or three and constructed a wooden car with assistance from an industrial technology teacher. Instructors from Gillette, Casper, Cheyenne and the Wyoming Department of Education were on hand to provide the assistance. Students had to use several tools, including a glue gun, hammer and tape measure to complete this project.

The presentation took place in the exhibit hall after the opening session of the ACTE conference. As participants walked past the exhibit, they would watch and visit with the teachers or the students. Susan Sclafoni, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education with the U.S. Department of Education, and Hans Meeder, deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, were among those who observed the students working with the teachers. They also took the time to talk with several people about the activity.

Josh Michelena from Gillette had his woods class construct additional car kits that were donated and used by the students. The Wyoming Technical Education division donated funds to purchase shirts for the teachers and tools for the tool belts. This project started as the brain child of Rex Hayhurst and Joe Feiler, Wyoming Technical Education Association members, during a summer conference-planning meeting. They felt the concept of involving students in some sort of activity during the state conference would be a little different, educational and fun. …

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