|I saw three lathes of various sizes in the Eaton Rapids High School Metal Shop. This one is small but makes up for it by being photogenic.|
Technology is the science of production. Eaton Rapids continues to offer "Technology" courses because the School Board and the Superintendent both recognize that society needs people who can work with their hands and that, for some students, hands-on is their strongest "learning modality."
|This anvil is used for both hot forming and cold riveting.|
|Mr Brantley apologized for the mess. You can see by the barrels beneath the bench that them make a lot of chips here. This lathe is much bigger than the blue one shown at the top. Both are useful in teaching the fundamentals of machining.|
Extra curricular activities like float building, stage/set construction and FFA are not considered in this essay but are other high school affiliated activities that expose students to the "technology of production".
|They have many press brakes for bending sheet metal. "Metals I" is their high runner.|
One way the School District has been financially prudent is that it has been able to avoid most of the daffy curriculum fads that blow through the education community every three years. Some of it is simple, tight-fisted financial conservatism.
|Those old Bridgeports will run forever. The shop has two.|
|This is one has a digital read-out. Everything is manual, so they have to take up lash manually.|
|Resistance spot welder|
Eaton Rapids has been very aggressive at addressing legacy costs. They have been quick to vacate buildings, to consolidate and restructure. This has been painful for parents who favor neighborhood schools and it has been arduous for staff who must move buildings, rooms and grades taught. But staying ahead of the cost curve has been instrumental in keeping the district solvent.
|I am pretty sure this is a tubing bender.|
The following Technology courses are listed in the 2015-2016 course catalog
- Wood Technology (aka, Wood shop)
- Wood Technology II
- Small Engines
- Drafting Technology
- Advanced Drafting
- Metals Tech
- Advanced Metals
- Home Electrical I
- Home Electrical II
Beyond that, Eaton Rapids School District has an agreement with Lansing Community College where college classes can be taken on the School District's dime. The classes count as college credits and count toward high school graduation requirements. Eaton Rapids also has a Cooperative Education program for students who are pursuing a Career Technical Education program.
The Middle School
The Eaton Rapids Middle School house 6th, 7th and 8th grade. They also have a Technology department. Most of their technology revolves around wood technologies.
They do some fun things integrating V/T with applied physics. For example, they make vehicles powered by mouse traps or rubber bands. They also do "egg drop" tests where raw eggs are secured in expanded polystyrene cups and dropped. Students get to see, first hand, the effects of harnesses made of scotch tape, padding, packing peanuts, bubble-wrap "air bags", casting the egg in jello, etc.