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Iowa Industrial Tech Expo, woodworking competitionToday, my esteemed colleague, Craig Ruegsegger, and I had the distinct honor to act as judges in the woodworking category at the Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition. Craig and I live in the same community as the host school, so we were thrilled to participate. The middle school and high school industrial arts students, however, come from all across the state with (oftentimes large) projects in tow.

The categories of competition range from CAD-architectural drafting to electronics to vehicle restoration to robotics. We were two of many judges in the woodworking category. Two of many because, I’m happy to report, it took half of a gymnasium to house¬† the numerous entries and a good number of judges to consider them all. Woodworking was very well represented in the competition, both in quantity and quality. And both the students who built the projects and the teachers who mentored them should be very proud. Read more

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