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Hi I am a new user, and very glad to have stumbled on this site. I've been a industrial plumber in the detroit area for many years, Because of the multiple plant closings and downsizing, As of last year I now find myself teaching second year plumbing to high school students. wonder if anyone can come up with some resonable (cheap enough ) hands on projects that could be done in a classroom for teaching. they are second year students and I am not very creative.

I have found it is much easier to do the actual work than to try teach 24 teenagers!
 

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Call local plumbers and ask if the can use a free helper?
When I went to High/Tech school we would be in plumbers vans for a little hands on and grunt work. Scraps of pipe for sweat fitting or welding practice. Old water heaters, Etc., to tear apart spare books. Try supply houses. they used to give us tons of stuff they were going to toss out after being credited for it.
 

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What are 2nd year students, sophomores? or the second year of a 2 year CTE program?

Anyway, a lot depends on your facilities and what you have available to work with. We get involved in a lot of building trades programs where other classes are building modular homes and we do the plumbing and heat. Aside from that you can build mock up walls for dwv and supply piping. Get involved with the skills competition and train for it. I spend a lot of time scrounging stuff from local plumbing and heating companies. We like used crap that way you don't feel so bad when they **** it up. Craigs list is a good source of used free stuff and so is free cycle. I try not to structure the curriculum too rigidly. Throw away the text book and keep the class room stuff to a bare minimum.
 

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Call the smartest kid in class up front. Give him (or her) a sharkbite coupling. Tell the student to put a finger from each hand in each end of the coupling. Now allow the class to free him from the coupling. If this project does'nt require a trip to the ER the class gets an A.

Sorry to be such a smart ass on your short time here ,but I figured someone from Detroit might need a laugh.:)
 

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Thanks for all the idea's and the laughs. its always good to start your day laughing your ass off.

Freecycle and C.L great idea's!
The district Literally has no $ were lucky to find TP in the johns everyweek.So the whole problem with suppliers is that the district hasn't paid them in over a year, so I can't even get the trash.
Stopping now don't want to start .....

2nd yr.CTE I did take a few to Skills last week for the first time.
bell rang , gota go find a sharkbite fitting....
 
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