'The Amazing Race'

Middle-schoolers join in competition to learn about WCTC

Annual experiential visit designed to pique interest of prospective students
Feb 04, 2019
Eighth-graders from Mount View Middle School try to identify unlabeled spices in Waldo County Technical Center's Culinary Arts Program in January.

Waldo — Eighth-graders from all over Waldo County explored technical skills and learned the importance of teamwork during “The Amazing Race,” an annual event hosted by Waldo County Technical Center during the third week in January.

Students from Regional School Units 3, 20 and 71 visited the technical center to experience all that WCTC has to offer.

The middle-schoolers formed teams, complete with group names and matching bandanas. The groups then visited each program in the school, where they had to complete an activity which highlighted skills that could be learned in that class.

Students experienced everything from dressing a head wound in the EMS program to changing a spark plug on a snowblower in the Small Engines program.

At the end of the day, the eighth-graders discussed what they had learned from their experience at WCTC. Many students told how the skills they learned could be important in real life and how much easier it is to accomplish tasks when working as a team.

The group that showed the most teamwork and proficiency during the activities won the race, thus earning each team member drawstring bags full of WCTC goodies. The experience helped pique the interest of students about to enter high school who might be considering enrolling in a program in career and technical education.

 

 

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