The Agricultural and Welding Departments at WCA teamed up this past month to design and produce livestock panels for the Ag show barn. The show barn is located on the south side of the academy property and the panels are one of the academy’s first cross curricular project-based learning efforts. From concept to completion, this project was researched, designed, and produced by students under WCA instructor supervision.
After their early research in late March, students decided on a gate plan that could serve multiple purposes. As a result, it would allow the gate materials to divide the livestock containment area into sections, be removable for outdoor applications, and be utilized for events like the state livestock contest hosted by Purdue Agriculture at WCA on May 15th this past weekend.
Due to the timing of the Covid-19 pandemic; however, fabrication began later than expected and students began fabrication in April providing a shorter timeline for completion by May. Twenty-three interlocking panels, in total were constructed by students using 1” by 14” gage square tubing, number 9 cattle panels. The interlocking system was custom designed by WCA students in-house.
The project was completed and delivered prior to May 13th, and the panels were first used at the annual Ag Day event which introduces elementary students from Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools to Whitko Agriculture.
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