Most power tools are adaptable to industrial projects, but in countries like Kenya it’s more useful to teach children the use of tools for home projects. And if they’re lucky they can even get a job out of it.
The idea of equipping a classroom of children with power tools, however, can be overwhelming. Luckily there are ways you can prevent accidents and injuries. One example would be to establish groups that would design a concept for a project and have the instructor use the power tools. Another example is to pair younger children with older kids (around 15 to 18 years of age) and have the younger participants responsible for aesthetic finishes instead of, for instance, drilling. Drills in their own right aren’t dangerous, as long as they are handled properly and they give children the ability to take their art to the next level.
What Children Can Learn By Using Power Tools
One of the most exciting aspects of allowing children and youth to use power tools to elevate their creative nature is they will learn an exceptional number of hands-on skills. These skills will only become stronger as the years progress and as projects become more advanced. In fact, you’ll find that the basic techniques taught in class will help them in a variety of real-world situations.
When establishing a curriculum for your programs, consider the following:
- Helping children to understand and appreciate the use of hand tools
- Diversifying their knowledge about how industrial tools and machines can be used
- Establishing an understanding of how to work in groups and independently
- Encouraging children to become innovative using industrial tools
It’s relatively easy to combine the use of drills in the classroom with different projects ranging from carving to building small pieces of furniture. But the main objective is to ensure your students understand how to use simple hand tools and plan projects in a creative nature.
Power Tools in Advanced College and High School Classroom Settings
Equipping kids older than 12 years with power tools will be less concerning than with younger groups. Older kids can learn how to manipulate and work with metals and power tools in a number of ways. The more experience students get, the easier projects will become, and they will be able to develop a more diverse creative acumen.
To focus more on the artistic nature of tools, students can easily gather an understanding of the intricacies involved with their projects. Such as knowing why holes should be drilled in specific areas and which drills should be used with certain materials. For example, knowing how to drill a hole into a metal keychain for a keyring or drilling holes into wooden blocks that are to be connected by a dowel.
Another huge advantage is that it gives children the opportunity to gain skills that can help them in the future. Imagine trying to put furniture together in your home without any prior experience of using power tools. It would be seemingly impossible, and so you will be teaching your class life-long skills.
The Different Types of Courses Combining Art and Tools
Here are a few examples of great courses with power tools:
Children will have the opportunity to create useful items entirely out of wood and the projects will vary depending on their skill level. For example, one course may teach how to create birdhouses and key boxes whereas another course will teach them how to construct chairs and tables.
In a woodworking class, students will be required to use a variety of tools. They’ll gain experience with chisels, hammers, drills, and air compressors, to name but a few. Children and youth enrolled in a woodworking class will get hands-on experience with woodturning, making patterns in different types of wood, and more.
As another industrial avenue that takes advantage of power drills, metalworking is an interesting course in its own right. Along with woodworking, metalworking can be highly creative as long as everyone is open-minded. Aside from understanding the basic concepts of processing metal, they will also learn about how to create large and small sculptures out of scraps. Also, the curriculum touches base on working with sheet metal and welding.
Self-expression and creativity are just two of the great concepts children and youth will be able to grasp from an industrial crafts course. Their skills will be focused on planning industrial projects and designing industrial crafts. With the help of many materials including clay, metal, leather, and precious stones, they will be able to develop their artistic concepts before building them.
Youth that is interested in more advanced careers will surely be interested in industrial drawing. In fact, industrial drawing not only teaches them how to use drills but to also draw masterpieces and concepts. With a variety of subjects including architectural drawing, copy making, tracing, and advanced drafting, they will need to make use of scales, pencils, t-squares, and plenty of other important instruments used for drafting.
The use of power drills in the classroom can seem like an interesting yet overwhelming concept, but it will truly give children the experience they need to make the most out of their time. It’s important for children to understand that although a specific tool may not seem like it can be used for a variety of purposes, it can.