CCTC AMP Students Present Guitar Projects

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Students in the Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP) at the Caroline Career and Technology Center (CCTC) recently presented the guitars they built for their final project. The presentation was attended by members of the CCPS Board of Education, administrators, and many of the program’s business partners.

Students described the months-long process which began with a trip to Paul Reed Smith Guitars, the company that generously donated the materials for the project. The students researched guitar designs, produced sketches on mood boards, used computer-aided design software to draft components, and then used a CNC machine to produce them. Students also worked with Nicole Mihalos from Tanglewood Conservatories to learn about branding and marketing.  Each student created their own company with a unique name and niche in the guitar-making world.

In addition to presenting various parts of their projects, students also gave the audience a demonstration of hydro-dipping, a process that applies graphics to three-dimensional objects.

Students also shared the many lessons they learned throughout the process which included “measure twice and cut once,” “sand with the grain,” and “math is important.” They also appreciated the opportunity to learn soft-skills such as presentation, communication, organization, and patience.

Photos are available on the CCPS Flickr page.