Timberline Industrial Technology Classes Create Projects Using Innovative Technology

Waukee Timberline students enrolled in Industrial Technology classes like Woodworking, Engineering, Welding and Construction create unique projects using innovative softwares and machinery such as a laser engraver and 3D printer.

Two Industrial Technology students, Jacob Holtz and Jacob Stoffer, participated in Walnut Hills Elementary’s STEAM Fest on Feb. 28, which was a celebration of the arts and sciences in the Waukee Community School District. They brought the laser engraver and 3D printer to show younger students how the technology worked and what class options are available to them once they reach the middle school level.

Currently, the Introduction to Engineering class has been working on a Reverse Engineering project. The students were instructed to pick an object from home (flashlight, controller, fan, etc.) and recreate it on the computer using Inventor software, which allows them to create a 3D model online.

The Intro to Woodworking classes are working on wooden wrist clocks. After designing their clocks on paper, the students then transition it onto the computer, where it is lasered into the wood. After lasering, the students cut out their clocks and add finishing touches.

“This project uses a lot of different machines in the shop, and it allows students to be creative with their designs,” said Hauptmann.

Many projects going on in the classrooms involve a CNC router, which is a computer controlled cutting machine used to shape and carve materials such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics and foams.

“My favorite project was the cutout logo. We got to use the laser engraver and create something that was personal to us,” said 9th grade woodworking student, John Wilson.

Other assignments include a wooden pen, bedside table, and if they have time- a project of their choice.

“The importance of classes like woodworking, welding and construction are to help students find their strengths,” said Hauptmann. “Industrial Technology classes let students experience different opportunities within the school. I have students who might struggle in the classroom setting, but when they get to use their hands and build something in the shop, you see their excitement after completing a project.”