Students in the Materials Processing course at Johnstown Jr./Sr. High School recently completed making checkerboards! Taught by longtime technology teacher Ron Savoie, Materials Processing is a half-year course offered to students in grades 9-12 as a technology elective.
For their checkerboard project, students used a planer, radial arm saw, table saw, glue clamps, chop saw, nail gun, hand sanders and glue. The boards were made from two types of wood – pine and oak – to create the checkerboard effect and then finished with four coats of polyurethane. Checker pieces were made from plastic using a 3D printer. Mr. Savoie tells us that the Materials Processing students will compete in a checkers tournament at the end of the semester.