Industrial technology and makerspace teacher Chris Jackson took his classes on a field trip to Norwalk Concrete Industries (NCI) recently so students could see many “real world” projects that are similar to what they do in the classroom.
Students began the trip with a plant tour, led by owner John Lendrum.
Lendrum showed students different areas of the plant and discussed the importance of all workers and their jobs.
“It was good for the students to see how many different jobs are combined into one company,” Jackson said. He added that not many people know that at concrete companies, it is not just concrete employees. Truck drivers and electricians also take on an important role.
Freshman Lupe Zamano, an industrial tech student, said he enjoyed the field trip and found many things interesting.
“Learning about everything they made in one day and how concrete is made was interesting,” Zamano said.
In industrial tech class, students do smaller projects that are similar to projects NCI performs. The class does a concrete project known as “The Cylinder Test”, which tests compression of concrete in a cylinder container.
On the trip, students made concrete pumpkins to tie in to the Halloween season.
Students brought plastic pumpkins to the plant and NCI provided concrete for students to fill the pumpkins with. After a couple of days, students were able to decorate their pumpkins in class.
Zamano said he enjoyed making his pumpkin.