Industrial Arts invites community to view students’ projects

Graham Jaehnig/DMG Projects of Hancock’s Industrial Arts Program on display at Hancock High school include gravity tables (top left), engraved signs for the Houghton County Fair, along with other woodworking projects.

HANCOCK — After 42 years of teaching, 39 of them in the Hancock Public Schools, Industrial Arts teacher Gary Mishica will retire at the end of this of the current school year.

As the school year draws to a close, the IA class has a large set of displays showcasing projects students have constructed and completed throughout the year.

Mishica said they include personal projects, like metal tool boxes, lathe projects, wooden tables, shelves, even a giant model of the Star Wars Death Star.

Also included in the display are community projects, such as wooden signs for the Houghton County Fair, raised bed garden boxes for Hancock’s Ryan Street Community Garden so the elderly can enjoy gardening without having to bend down or kneel on the ground.

Although not on display is a carpentry project in the form of a shed, which is already onsite.

Graham Jaehnig/DMG , samples of the students’ work in the Industrial Arts display include metal tool boxes, a wooden bow rack, and wooden shelving units.

“Projects include CNC work done with engraving, CNC work where we plasma cut,” Mishica said. “CNC is computer programming system that cuts (material) automatically once you program it.”

Mishica invites the public to stop in and enjoy the projects on display in front of the Hancock Public Schools Library, located in the Hancock High School. The projects will remain on display until next Friday when the school year ends.


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