Earl of March Secondary School has been recognized many times for its innovated technological excellence. Recently, however the focus has been on its hands-on approach from everything from marketing, to design technology to product completion. Students and trades people alike are taking a second look at what is happening at the Kanata based high school.
Now there is nothing that unique about students creating furniture – what makes this program special is the level of detail the students are involved in from the concept, design, production and sales of the product. Students in the Manufacturing program are involved in every detail of the process: students brainstorm ideas for marketable products, design one or more favourites, put the items into full scale production, and then market them to the community. Any funds raised beyond expenses are split between the shop program (funds are used to enhance the shop facility) and the students in the form of bursaries.
Throughout the year, they also do a multitude of small projects to enhance the school environment and we are always open to requests from students, teachers, administration, and support staff. The students are very proud of their contribution and it gives them a sense of ownership of their school.
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The overarching purpose of schooling is to stimulate, capitalize on, and sustain the kind of motivation, intellectual curiousity, awe, and wonder that a child possesses when he or she begins schooling.
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