McCormack currently teaches agriculture at Oran High School in Oran, MO. When designing projects for his agricultural mechanics students, he likes to give them the opportunity to use several tools and skills to create something that is useful and appeals to their personal interest. The Metal Horse project was developed by McCormack to give students the opportunity to learn several skills in a single project. They are able to practice the proper use of a metal cutting band saw, drill press, bench grinder, portable grinder to cut angle iron, square tubing, and rectangular tubing. Students also rely on their knowledge learned earlier in the year to make correct measurements and use the arc welder.
The project works great to wrap-up shop instruction or lead to a discussion on animal confirmation. It is also inexpensive and can be related to student interest. While some students may be interested in cutting, measuring, and welding, others may enjoy being creative or really like horses. McCormack finds the project easy to grade because students are given a list of parts and a description of what the measurements should be. After students have all the pieces cut, they are able to put them together any way they wish, just as long as the finish product resembles a horse.
"The Metal Horse is a great project for students because it requires students to use several tools and skills, applies to their interests and allows for creativity," said McCormack.
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