On June 4 and 5, 2014, 64 eighth and ninth grade students joined the staff at Grant Career Center for a fun, activity-filled Summer Career Experience. The Summer Career Experience was open to all students finishing the eighth or ninth grade from Bethel-Tate, Felicity-Franklin, New Richmond, and Williamsburg school districts.
Students arrived early and were ready to head out into the shops and labs where teachers had great activities lined up for the students. The first session in the Medical Cluster saw students trying to solve a crime scene scenario in the Biotechnology lab or gowning up with personal protection garb to dissect rats in the Allied Health Science Lab. In the Service Cluster, students began in Agri-Technology creating outdoor flower pots and propagating plants. In the Construction Cluster, the students began in the Engineering Design lab, where they completed lots of design work in CAD as they created parts for their bird feeder project. The first session in the Transportation Cluster saw students sanding their soap box derby cars in preparation for painting in the Auto Collision lab and then switched half way through the morning to learn all about the workings of modern day automobiles in Automotive Service Technology. The Robotics cluster began programming their robots and working to get the robots to make the way through the designed course. The Professional Cluster spent the morning in the Teacher Academy studying learning styles, building their teacher tool kit, and creating games and activities.
Following a delicious lunch, students headed off to new venues for Session II. The Medical Cluster split up again and visited Medical Information Tech for medical office procedures and Biotechnology to create DNA key chains. The Construction group headed to Metal Fabrication where they used their blueprints from Engineering to create the base and roof of their bird feeder. They also practiced welding skills as they created shepherd’s hooks to hangers for their feeders. The Service Cluster moved on to Cosmetology where they gave and received great natural facials with yogurt, mashed strawberries, and bananas while using delightful massage techniques. Their skin glowed and they headed home feeling very relaxed from their pampering session. The Transportation Cluster headed back to Auto Collision and had paint spritzing everywhere as their cars took on personality and multiple coats of paint. They once again visited the Automotive Service Technology lab to complete more service skills and research solar power cars. The Professional Cluster completed traffic stops in the back parking lot and took down the bad guys. The robots continued on their path around the course with new twists and turns as their skills and confidence grew! Everyone left for the day eager to see what the next day would bring.
Day Two of the Summer Career Experience had the students arriving early and ready to tackle the projects they had started. The Medical group switched sessions and repeated the crime scene and rat dissection activities. The Transportation group headed to the race track to personalize their cars and determine the winners of the Derby and make modifications to their cars to give them the speed advantage. Following the Derby, they assembled Solar Cars and prepared for the sun-powered race. The Construction group headed to Carpentry and learned the basics of building as they constructed their bird feeder box. The Service group hit the kitchen running and learned basic skills before beginning the slicing, dicing and chopping of fresh ingredients that would become their lunch. The students created a fabulous Italian Feast of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and Italian Wedding Cookies. The best part was sitting down together to enjoy their meal! The Professional group could be seen practicing self-defense maneuvers and checking for finger prints at their crime scene. The Robotics Cluster visited the CIM Cell Robot in the Engineering Design lab to see a practical application of their skills at work. The battle was then on to see whose robot would cruise through the course with the fastest time!
The day was capped off with an award ceremony with parents and special guests. The consensus of staff, students, and parents was that the Summer Career Experience was a great success and students had a little more career awareness under their belts as they moved through high school.