Arredondo Puts Carpentry Skills to Work
The latest STEM lesson for the Arredondo students went over carpentry framing. As they walked into the cafeteria they were met with a variety of tools and materials including a hammer, nails, a small framed wall, and a piece of drywall.
Members of McCarthy Building Company gave a brief presentation on the different kinds of carpenters before focusing on the specific type of carpentry they would be working on, framing.
Framing carpenters, simply put, deal with the frames or skeletons of buildings. The Arredondo students learned about the different parts of their framed wall before putting their hard hats on and getting to work.
The group took turns drilling screws in the drywall attaching it to the wood frame to cover up the inside. They then used spackling paste to cover up the screws creating a smooth, even surface and thus the final product.
For some students, this carpentry framing lesson was their first STEM project. This was the case with Fifth-Grader Diego Morales.
“I like that we were able to do something different than what we normally do in school by building stuff,” said Morales. “Plus, I think it’s cool that we get to do what they’re doing at the new Arredondo.”
Fifth-Grader Jacob Kelley, who was also participating in his first STEM lesson appreciated the information on carpentry as a profession.
“It was interesting that they taught us about carpentry,” said Kelley. “It’s something I’ve never really thought of, but I had a lot of fun and might be interested in doing more of it.”
We look forward to observing more STEM lessons too! Thanks to McCarthy Building Company as well as DLR Group for yet again another fun and engaging lesson. For more information regarding the project including development updates visit: http://www.tempeschools.org/our-schools/elementary-schools-k-5/arredondo-elementary/arredondo-design-construction-updates