William Floyd High School students in the brand new DIY (Do It Yourself) course, a half-year introductory course focusing on the method of building, modifying or repairing things without the direct assistance of experts or professionals, recently constructed “decoy dogs” to help keep geese off of the high school athletic fields. To create the dogs, students repurposed plywood from demolished sheds previously built by the WFHS Building Trades & Construction Academy students.
“This project was used as an introductory unit on proper tool use and safety,” said Jack Carter, WFHS technology education teacher. “It supports the curriculum on repurposing materials for DIY projects.” Mr. Carter added that re-using material serves a two-fold purpose – making projects more cost effective while benefiting the environment by keeping material out of landfills.
Students are currently working on another repurposing project – creating decorative Christmas trees from leftover wood pallets. Throughout the course, students will learn various home improvements that will be useful to them throughout their lives such as drywall repair, basic electrical wiring of fixtures, switches and outlets, basic plumbing repair and installation and more.
Students who complete the DIY course can then take DIY Projects, a second level course focused on more individualized projects including indoor and outdoor design. These courses are just two of the innovative opportunities offered at William Floyd High School designed to give students a leg up in their education, careers and throughout their lives. Also new this year is “You AUTO Know,” a basic car maintenance course open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The Technology Department also provides students with the opportunity to obtain CTE Endorsements in Architectural Drafting and Engineering. Students in these programs learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college programs. Students can earn the distinction of CTE Endorsement through one of two pathways Architectural Drafting or Engineering.
William Floyd also has a full-fledged Career and Technical Education program serving more than 350 students in programs such as Automotive Technology, Barbering, Business, Building Trades & Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Medical Assisting, Small Engine Repair and Technology. Each course provides students with opportunities to earn college credits in their chosen field, gain valuable life skills and prepared for entry-level employment in their program of study.