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Bluesman
02-18-2010, 09:15 AM
Here is some pics of the latest trailor my students constructed. They made modifications to the blue prints by adding a removable ramp, tie down anchor points, 3,500 lb axle, and made it 5' instead of 4'.

Making it 1 foot wider than the blue prints called for was the biggest challenge they faced. I let them figure out on their own that by making it 1 foot wider that it changes the length of the tongue beams in order to keep the 50 degree angle needed for the hitch. Math teachers were amazed that my kids could calculate and make cuts/measurements on the fly for this project but they can't seem to be able to teach them math in the classroom... My response was that everyone can't be as good as an ag teacher.:grin:

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Here's another

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One more...

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Here's one of a student learning to AC stick weld. It was her first try.

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Here's two more of the finished trailor. I will try to find some without kids blocking the view but it may take a while. they were proud of their accomplishment.

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Gadget
02-18-2010, 09:28 AM
very nice. Thanks for sharing.

arandall
02-18-2010, 09:39 AM
Nice trailer! - They should be proud. I'll bet you are too.

Cheers,
Art R.

Bluesman
02-18-2010, 10:03 AM
Did anyone notice the wood strips they were using to help them calculate the angle and length of the tongue beams? They came up with that idea on their own. They said wood was cheap and lighter and they could use it to get thier measurements and wouldn't have to waste any metal.

Sometimes they get a little stumped and I will have an idea but I don't tell them exactly what the idea is but drop a hint or two and let them take it from there and when they finally get that "bright" idea it is like a light bulb goes on in their heads. They get excited and kick it into high gear because they want to test their idea before the class period is over. It is a competition thing between the classes... If one class has an idea and starts something but don't finish it, they can't stand it if the other class comes in and expands on or finishes their idea. They are constantly trying to out do each other. I use this motivation to my advantage.

Hamstn
02-18-2010, 12:22 PM
Thanks for sharing. Ag or FFA is one of the best programs, then to have a teacher that goes the extra mile is something special. I had two of the best as ag teachers. Now one is my banker.8-O

My oldest daughter is suppose to start learning how to weld in ag class so last weekend I sat her down and let her burn a dozen rods. Had to help hold the stinger until she go the feel of it and mostly she was a bit scared of the arc. I left and when I went back into the shop to look at her work she was doing fairly good, just going a little to fast. I figure I will have to refine her skill, if she wants, as I am not all impressed with the instructors.

Bluesman
02-18-2010, 01:18 PM
Thanks for sharing. Ag or FFA is one of the best programs, then to have a teacher that goes the extra mile is something special. I had two of the best as ag teachers. Now one is my banker.8-O

My oldest daughter is suppose to start learning how to weld in ag class so last weekend I sat her down and let her burn a dozen rods. Had to help hold the stinger until she go the feel of it and mostly she was a bit scared of the arc. I left and when I went back into the shop to look at her work she was doing fairly good, just going a little to fast. I figure I will have to refine her skill, if she wants, as I am not all impressed with the instructors.

In the one photo above that is what I was doing for the young lady. She was scared of the arc so I was helping her gain confidence in striking it without jumping. About 30 minutes after that photo was taken, she was outdoing most of the boys in the class! I usually make EVERY test I give have at least one cutting or welding component to it whether it is a test on plant science, animal science, or whatever.... There is usually a "task" they must complete in the shop dealing with either cutting or welding skill and that grade gets added to the "written" portion of the test.

LONGEVITY
02-18-2010, 01:28 PM
Thanks for sharing the photos! Looks like you have a very nice class. Let us know if we can help in any way!

arandall
02-18-2010, 01:30 PM
Lucky students!

Art R.

KHK
02-18-2010, 01:54 PM
The trailer looks great!! My 40 yr old daughter want to learn to weld. She is always talking about it. I think she wants to do yard art. She never has the time to get some instruction. Who knows maby some day. If you sell the finished product You could generate some $$ for the school.

Thanks for sharing!!