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Topic: Discount on Mechanics tool set and Cabinet for BOTH teacher and student
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 1:57:08 PM
Not exactly related but many of us teach other classes beyond woodworking

Craftsmen Club: Tech and Vocational Discounts for Students and Teachers

https://club.craftsman.com/vo-tech-students

This may not last for long, as Craftsman is going extinct itself.



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Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Robotics anyone?
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 1:50:39 PM
It's great program from What I can tell. I am not the coach though I have been asked multiple times. It is a massive time commitment. 7 days a week in the shop and late nights after school for 5-7 weeks. I recall my shop teachers doing if for a few years and they never left the building. Another major complaint is that the dad's/Parents (who are engineers) of competing schools design & build the whole thing and then let their kids run it.

FIRST Robotics is placed in the year in a bad spot. It completely overlaps with Science Olympiad. I am a co-coach Science Olympiad, which does have its own building events and have heard many of the coaches say if we keep up like this we wont have a team when referring to the number of students there were loosing to robotics. My two cents.

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Topic: Incra® I-Box Finger Joint Jig AND drum vs wide belt sander
Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 1:19:27 PM
I have not used it, It looks really nice. I just picked up this which does a half inch box joint for $15 less than Amazon.

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Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Laser Cutter/Engraver Input
Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:12:46 PM
We have grant money to purchase a CNC laser cutter/engraver and have been hung up on which one to purchase. We are looking between 10-12 thousand for a machine that has an area decent size work area. Eplilog lasers are way outside our budget.

We started originally looking at the Hobby version of the 20x12 Full Spectrum, however were told the hobby version would probably not work well in a school environment and they do not work with schools on a discounts.

Then we looked at a Bosslaser for one of their similarly sized lasers. their machines seems very nice and professionally built. After getting an initial quote and fundraising for 2 months we found out that the 16x20 model is no longer available. Needless to say I felt as though that should have been mentioned by the salesmen that quoted me that the machine was discontinued and I started to look elsewhere for a laser. The next size up is 16x30 and the size up from that is 24x36.

We have also looked at Rabbit lasers RL 60-9060 this machine is a 24x36 and their prices include onsite training and set up.

I recently found that Laguna makes lasers but cant find many opinions about them? Has anyone heard anything about Lagunas lasers? Im sure there are some people here with their CNC's.

What are you using and what do you suggest?


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Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: 89th Annual MITES Conference May 10th-13th SVSU
Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:48:59 AM
I know this is short notice but I wanted to share that the M.I.T.E.S Michigan Industrial & Technology Educator Society Conference PD Conference & Student Project Competition at Saginaw Valley State. For more info: https://mites.cc/

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Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Lab Fees or Students Pay for the materials they use? Edited 4/9/17
Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:43:17 AM
I'm not allowed to charge a lab fee and I have been attempting to keep track of the materials my students are used for their personal projects based around what the put on their project planning sheets. It seems as though this is not working. What do you suggest?

EDIT:
Found this thread on here
http://www.woodworkingteachers.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=2545

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Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Member Since 2009
Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Anyone Use Woodworking Career Alliance
Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:07:36 PM
I heard Woodworks Career Alliance this my State Professional Organization Conference (Michigan Industrial & Technology Educators Society). Just curious what your experiences are with it.

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Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Member Since 2009
Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Substitute Plans
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:38:29 AM
Looking for new ideas for sub plans. I have full time computer lab access and normally have my High School students do some sort of writing assignment because I have high expectations for my students and showing a video just because there is a sub is frowned upon.

I have tried a few different writing activities:
1.Writing a script for a how-to video.
2.Reflection on what they have learned.
3.Learning about the anatomy of a deck using Home Depot's site. and a worksheet
4. I have also had them look for projects that use recycled projects and turn in a list of projects (with links).

What other ideas might you have?




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Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Member Since 2009
Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Powermatic Planer & Jointer
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:41:40 PM

I have some experience with the planer what's going on?

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Michigan Industrial & Technology Education Society (M.I.T.E.S.) Member Since 2009
Industrial Education Instructor since 2012
Topic: Appropriate age to start "woodshop" ?
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:43:09 PM
First through third graders in Cub scouts do some very simple projects. You might pick up a cub scout handbook to see some ideas.

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Industrial Education Instructor since 2012

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