Last week fourth graders had the unique experience of touring a local woodworking production company. Fetzer started as a small cabinet workshop over 100 years ago, downtown Salt Lake City. It has grown into a behemoth, boasting storefronts in China and New Zealand, and manning projects like the interior woodwork of Salt Lake's own beautiful LDS Conference Center.
Guadalupe students were fortunate to receive a personal tour that began in the corporate office space, and moved through the shop floor, in order to give them a feel for the various elements that make up a company like Fetzer. The fourth graders had step-by-step processes explained, including receiving a customer's order, digitally designing wood pieces that will fulfill it, and then physically creating those pieces through various methods of machine operation and hand labor. They wore safety glasses as they looked on with awe at the large cutting and sanding machines, as well as the spaces used for staining and sealing the wood.
The best part was that the Fetzer employee, Joe, who gave the tour, emphasized math throughout the visit. Guadalupe School makes a large effort to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM subjects, and to see how they apply in the real world. Students were able to learn that when it comes to woodworking, math skills are among the most important to possess.
Guadalupe School continues to actively seek field trip opportunities that provide our students with exposure to their community, and fodder for their imaginations as they begin to envision their own futures. If you know of a local company, public service, or group that might be open to providing a field trip destination for Guadalupe students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.