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Building Creative Minds In The Woodworking Shop

Posted by Ensign Simmons and Maria Tate on April 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Ensign Simmons and Maria Tate

Did you know that swinging a hammer in a woodworking shop has a wide range of benefits for students? Woodworking provides the ability to identify a problem, brainstorm the possible solutions, and test your ideas. These skills lend themselves to all aspects of life, both inside the classroom and out. Woodworking classes have recently regained popularity because they build essential life lessons along with reinforcing math, science, and problem-solving skills. In fact, a study from Purdue University showed students benefited from participating in hands-on engineering projects.  A woodworking program benefits students in the following ways:

Sanford woodwiorkingSTUDENTS learn how to safely use tools

Students familiarize themselves with a variety of tools that they would otherwise never use. By mastering woodworking tools, they work on using their fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

STUDENTS learn about building

Through hands-on design, students can create a tangible product. This process of planning, construction, and problem-solving connects the classroom to the real world.

STUDENTS use creativity

 When doing a project, you need to think differently, problem-solve, and pay attention to detail. The final product is a one-of-a-kind piece.

STUDENTS learn to plan

Students need to visualize a project and use their skills to complete it. They feel empowered when they can confidently use a tool to make a product that matches their vision.

STUDENTS learn to persevere

When a project fails, students have to adjust and fix it. Students learn to cope with adversity and work through the frustration that arises when things do not go right the first time.

sanford_school_stewartThe importance in schools

Woodworking allows students to be inventors and engineers. They are actively building with their hands and exposed to a type of learning that is different than what they get in a traditional classroom. Woodworking provides tangible results because the students can see the outcome of their work each day. In addition, it may lead to an interest in possible careers in engineering, carpentry, or architecture.

At Sanford School, we have a state-of-the-art workshop where students safely learn to build individual and team projects. Our woodshop is full of basic tools, as well as a drill press, band saw, table saw, miter saw, nail guns, cordless drills, and much more.

Listen To Our  Sanford Speaks Podcast About  Carving Paths to Excellence with Woodworking 


Ensign Simmons is the Co-Chair of the Science Department and an instructor in the Science and Math departments. He received his bachelor's degree in History, Technology, and Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his master's degree in Teaching, Leadership, and Learning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Maria Tate is the Visual Arts Chair and Instructor. She earned her bachelor's degree in Art Education from West Virginia University. She received her master's degree in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Topics: Education, Academics, Arts, STEM