Kapolei Takes Classwork To A New Level

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - October 08, 2008
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Kapolei High School’s wood shop class is taking project-based learning a step further with the construction of two portable classrooms - done entirely by the students.

It’s a first-of-its-kind, full-scale building project, and wood shop instructor Brian Ichida and his students are ready for the challenge.

“It’s a full-scale construction project done by Kapolei wood shop students only during class time,” said Ichida. “We already worked 48 work hours in one-hour period increments. I’m very proud that we’re meeting and exceeding state standards.”

The project is on schedule so far, having just completed Phase One (ground work). The plan is to finish the classrooms by the end of this school year so they will be in working order for the next school session.

To complete the project, the school has tapped outside sources for building materials and monetary donations. However, Ichida explains that more donations still are needed because right now there’s not enough money to finish the project.

“At a time of budget cuts we’re getting it done,” added Ichida. “We’re building the portables at cost. For construction material, so far we got $6,000 to $8,000. We are asking the community for help, but we want the students to do the labor, so we’re looking more along the lines of help with building materials. We don’t even have the paint yet.”

The classrooms will be home to the brand-new Industrial Technology Academy, which will team wood shop with social studies and English to provide an integrated learning approach. To help or for more information, call 692-8200.

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