EDUCATION FOR KIDS
September 29, 2020
The main charter of Silicon Valley Woodturners is education. A lot of activities we do is geared towards imparting knowledge of wood turning to the members of the club. We can not sustain the art and craft of wood turning unless we actively train the next generation of wood workers and wood turners. We were fortunate to forge a partnership with the Santa Clara High School. As a part of this partnership we get to conduct our general meetings in the wood shop of the school. In return we also get to help the high school kids learn the craft of working with wood. SVW volunteers have not only helped improve and maintain the wood shop, we have actively taught the students various wood working and wood turning projects as well. Students of the high school who take the construction classes also get to become members of SVW free of charge as student members.
This is what Mike said in August 2014:
"Many moons ago John Whittier started developing a relationship with the Santa Clara High School wood shop teacher. No, not that kind of relationship. John started talking to him about teaching woodturning to the high school students in their new wood shop and discussed the possibility of SVW working with them in exchange for holding our meetings and demo there. John provided a set of turning tools and a low speed grinder, promised gifts of wood, and the relationship blossomed from there. Romantic, huh? There were meetings with the Principal, who sold the idea to the School Board. Fast forward to the present, and SVW will hold our next meeting at the High School. In return we will provide turnings for them to auction off, the students will become junior members of SVW and may attend our meetings and have access to our woodturning DVD library, some members may help demo or teach woodturning in the shop (let me or John know if you are interested). We will also apply for an AAW Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) on behalf of the school. The AAW also provides Journals for Turners and Learners and will provide a case of American Woodturner back issues, and the students can become AAW members for a year with electronic access to the journals. The facility is quite nice, and we look forward to our first meeting and continuing to develop a mutually beneficial partnership."
First prototype of the Galileo project