CCTC AMP Students Present Nesting & Nursery Boxes

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The Caroline Career and Technology Center Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) class hosted their Product Presentation Day for staff and board of education members, community leaders, and local business partners. This semester’s projects were a Purple Martin nesting box and, the first time, Bat Nursery Boxes.

Earlier in the semester, students researched cavity dwelling nesting birds, native to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and presented their concept ideas for nesting boxes. Colonel Richardson High School student Nathanael Robinson’s idea won the majority vote and students began to turn his idea into reality. They made napkin sketches with dimensions and other notes, and used those to create blueprints using Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software.

The CADD drawings were used to create Computer Aided Milling commands for the classroom’s Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine. A CNC is basically a robot programmed to cut specific paths in raw materials to produce finished pieces. The pieces were sanded and assembled. Lastly, students applied paint and tung oil.

North Caroline High School student Bailey Bodine came up with the idea for the bat box design, and students followed the same process in manufacturing those.

At the product presentation, students began selling their projects. The bat boxes quickly sold out and the students took orders for more. All sales proceeds are used to fund future manufacturing projects. For information about ordering student projects, please contact AMP teacher Keith Hale, [email protected].

Event photos are available on the CCPS Flickr page.