Wood Tech. I is the entry level woodworking class. This class is usallymade up of 9th graders although some upper class students are enrolled.The very first lessons that are taught, in ANY woodworking class, is SAFETY! Thestudents must pass a written and practical test on all shop processes!The class is taught about the care and use of hand tools. It is amazingto me to see just how many kids have never used hand toolsbefore!!.....showing my age! It's an exciting time. We will discuss thedifferent types of trees in our area and, how to identify trees bytheir leaves/needles.Their first several projects will be made usinghand tools only. The students will also learn about sandpaper/processand finishing. The board footage formula and the reading of aruler/tape measure will also be covered- This can be a challenge forsome. As the school year goes on the class will be introduced tocertain machines and machine processes. As the students progress theirprojects will become more complicated ie. joinery & design. Theywill have to measure off of a working drawing instead of just tracing apattern! Overall this is an fun time for the students! Making projects,learning craftsmanship and self pride is important. I'm sure most of uscan remember our time in wood shop in High School or Middle School!Some of you may still have the projects that you built way back whentoo! I hope you will encourage your son/daughter to continue withIndustrial Tech. class in the future!