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ERIC Number: EJ1015289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Teaching Marketable Skills with 21st-Century Materials
Hayes, Kevin
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v88 n2 p52-55 Feb 2013
Advanced composites are characterized by the use of expensive, high-performance resin systems and high-strength, high-stiffness fiber reinforcement. These materials have been adopted for use in sporting goods, where high-performance equipment like golf clubs, tennis rackets, fishing poles and archery equipment benefit from the light weight/ high strength offered by advanced materials. There are a number of exotic resins and fibers used in advanced composites, however, epoxy resin and reinforcement fiber of aramid, carbon or graphite dominate this segment of the market. With district consent, a budget of $30,000 and heavy support from local technical colleges and industry, former shop teacher Alex Macdonald put together one of the first high school composite courses in Washington state in 2010. The district's junior high schools offered the first course, Gateway to Technology (GTT). The other two district high schools were offering magnet CTE programs in metalworks and aviation. This article briefly describes the key components that made the composite programs successful. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A