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Woodworking 101

Dates: June 15 - 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Age: Rising 4th-6th Grades

Gender: Coed

Location: Holding Hall Lower School, Science Lab (Modular)

Cost: $275

Program Description: Build a bat house, a bird house, a model boat or a plane. Small individual projects are possible. We'll cut curves with a coping saw, drill holes with a hand drill, hammer, screw, and glue things together. We'll sand and finish our projects. Make a present for someone! Wood is provided.

What to Bring: A daily snack.

Instructor: Patrick Knox grew up building things, taking things apart and putting them back together again. Early on he developed the reputation for being able to fix other people's broken stuff. The chemistry set he received while in sixth grade set the stage for much experimentation and ultimately degrees in chemistry and education from NCSU. During his years at State, he built his own house, created a spaceship/sound shuttle for a high-end car stereo store, and collected animal pets from his land in northern Wake County. He's rebuilt automobile engines, worked as a precision model-maker, chemist, and museum educator (NC Museum of Life and Science). At the age of 35 he finally found his true calling and became a science teacher. He founded the Ravenscroft Lower School Science Lab in 1990, subsequently taught high school science and was a middle school classroom teacher at Duke School in Durham. He is pleased to be back at Ravenscroft, again in the Lower School Science Lab.