Last week, the sounds of hammers, saws, and drills could be heard echoing through Cape Cod Community College’s campus in West Barnstable. While the construction wasn’t related to the college’s planned Science/Engineering Technology Center, it was thanks to more than ten students who came to campus to learn “Construction Exploration” as part of the college’s Summer of Science programming.
Throughout the week, Instructor Frank Sesto worked with children entering grades seven, eight and nine to study the science of construction, including basic carpentry skills, measurement, tool use, and safety. Students in the program worked to build their own personal tool box, joined together in teams to create unique, wooden structures, and thanks to support from Barnes Custom Builders and Lineal Inc., they collaborated to build a temporary home ramp for a patient from Cape Cod Hospital.
“We’re so happy to have launched ‘Summer of Science’ with Construction Exploration week,” said Tammi Jacobson, Director of Workforce Development and Training for Cape Cod Community College. “The students not only learned the science of building, they had the opportunity to get hands-on training from real professionals. Without the commitment from our community, this program couldn’t exist. We’re deeply thankful for their commitment to CCCC.”
Construction Engineering was supported by numerous community partners, led by the Home Builders & Remodeler’s Association of Cape Cod, who donated time and materials. Mid-Cape Home Centers provided student tool belts, hammers, and all of the lumber to build the temporary home ramp. Shepley Wood Products finalized the student-constructed ramp and installed it at the patient’s home. Each student also received a tape measure from Crane Appliance, a flat bar from Cape Associates, and a screwdriver from Wood Lumber. Students in the program also heard from guest speakers, including April Ducotte from Cape Associates, Matt Anderson from Anderson Framing and Remodeling, Don Bolvin from DP Bolvin Company, and Time Duffany from M. Duffany Builders.
Summer of Science at Cape Cod Community College is a hands-on summer program focused on science and technology for students entering grades six, seven, eight and nine. Programming continues this week with an Advanced EMT Exploration program for students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Each student will receive emergency medical education from experts in the field and will finish the program with CPR certification. CCCC’s “Maker Movement” program starts next week with spots still available! Visit CapeCod.edu/SummerOfScience for more information and registration.
For more information on Summer of Science and more community programming at Cape Cod Community College, contact Tammi Jacobson, Director of Workforce Development and Training, at 508-375-5011.