Technology teacher Sid Carter was contacted by Greg Smith, a Law Enforcement Specialist with USF&W, to see if his students would be willing to tackle the problem of inoperative decoys ranging from deer and antelopes to wild boars and a life-sized elk.
“I love for our students to have opportunities to work on these real-world problems that projects like this involve,” Carter said.
“They may never have to repair an electronic black bear again in their future but understanding how components of a system work and then finding a solution to a problem is something they’ll deal with every day”.
The decoys are used in school programs, fairs and other community events across the country. Many of the mechanical components had been damaged over the years and the technology class replaced gears and rewired the systems of many of the animals.
“They were basically the same as any remote control vehicles that we were already familiar with here at GMS. Each animal had working parts that were controlled by a remote similar to model airplane transmitters,” Carter explained.
Beyond fixing mechanical issues, students also performed cosmetic repairs when they reattached a set of tusks and a moving ear on a wild boar. They even had the opportunity to test the decoys in a wooded part of the campus.
“One of the most intriguing parts I enjoyed was being up close and personal with these animals to see their true size,” said eighth-grader Broden Halderson.
Career technology is a connections class offered at Glynn Middle that is part of the CTAE program in our school system. Students who would like to continue in these types of “hands-on” classes can find more pathways to explore at the Golden Isles College and Career Academy when they reach high school.