This Class Brings us Together

This Class Brings us Together

Ever since freshman year I have been excited about engineering class. When I first heard whispers about the class among my classmates, and when I saw what the seniors at the time were doing, I knew I would love it. I was raised in a family who wasn’t so amused with the prospect of physical labor around the house (i.e. building a fence, chopping down trees), so the work was usually pawned off to professionals.

Seeing those professionals work their magic amused me as a kid, and I started to conjure up ideas of myself building glorious contraptions and revolutionary machines; maybe it fostered my entrepreneurial mindset today. But unfortunately, the extent of my school work and various activities prevented me from becoming the acclaimed engineer I had dreamed of being. I felt like I had no creative freedom throughout middle school and my early years of high school, though the MarinSEL projects did help. But when junior year finally rolled around, I was ecstatic to get building, and I can certainly say that the class has proven my anticipation worth it.
This year has been amazing. I can now use tools that I had previously never heard of, and I would confidently say that I can build a playhouse better than my parents would be able to. The skills I have learned will help me throughout life and will allow me to save money when my kids need a playhouse some day. I am glad that I can work a variety of tools and that I will never have to quiver when being asked to cut a 2×4 on a chop saw. I thank Ms. Oropallo for being an amazing teacher and friend throughout the year.
But all of this is not to say that the year is over. My team and I still have to finish our two story playhouse‒featuring a fire pole and a climbing wall‒and we are dreading the upcoming painting process. We are confident that our playhouse will do good at market, as every second grader wanted to slide down the pole for hours when they visited our class. I look forward to finishing the playhouse, but I really do not look forward to this year ending.
Other than the playhouse, there are many other things that have made engineering class so great. For one example, turning a block of wood into a wooden spoon that I now use regularly in my kitchen. Or going on multiple field trips to green buildings and building material stores. Or making tool boxes, and much more. But making the playhouse was the main focus of this semester, so there wasn’t any spare time to do other projects. The last reason that this year’s class has been so great is that us classmates have all come together and become much closer. Because we are all going through the stress of junior year, the playhouse time gives us a chance to relieve some stress and get in the zone while we build. As we watch each other’s progress, we continue to debate over who’s playhouse will be the best and we come together over building techniques and making suggestions to each other. As I said, and I think my teammates Chip, Andreas, and Nich would agree, our playhouse is going to be the best and the kids will love it the most; it might even sell for the most.
­Everson Smith

24 Responses

  1. sremedios says:

    I really liked the enthusiasm you expressed throughout the year and how you projected it into your blog

  2. iswallow says:

    I feel like you really stayed true to what the article title was, and I completely agree with you on it as well!

  3. gelias says:

    Very well written Ev. Can’t wait to see what you’re going to dream up in the furure!

  4. mmcdaniel says:

    I love your guys’ playhouse! I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the first to sell.

  5. hunterbiel says:

    Your playhouse is pretty nice. And I mean who actually follows guidelines and builds houses the right size so they fit in a truck.

  6. mjames says:

    I agree with what you said about this class decreasing the stress of junior year, Your guy’s playhouse looks great

  7. ameshcheryakov says:

    Loved the article and the pictures and I really enjoyed how well our playhouse turned out

  8. ercharlton says:

    Your playhouse turned out great, and you explained the process really well

  9. apham says:

    Great pictures reminds me of the time when you were working on the playhouse still.

  10. hnorman says:

    I am so happy for you that you have found this as a way to express the old you! Keep shooting for the stars big guy!

  11. sstilson says:

    Your playhouse looks great! I can tell you guys put in a lot of energy and effort, both creatively and with all the labor you had to do.

  12. eschultz says:

    Nice to see you guys have stayed humble about your playhouse…but no lie, it looks very nice and my brother had the most fun playing on that one.

  13. lukastroller says:

    You’re playhouse is really cool! (Unfortunately it’s also the heaviest… I guess someone’s had to be!) Good work this year.

  14. epowers says:

    Your story is really good and well explained. I can’t wait to see the finished result of the playhouse!

  15. jgirgurina says:

    It was great to hear about all of the effort and motivation you put into building your playhouse, it really does look great and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  16. juliana.swanson says:

    This class definitely helped our class to bond more. Your playhouse is awesome!

  17. esmith says:

    Haha. Maybe a bit ambitious Chip?

  18. Kmack Kmack says:

    This is one of the best blogs I have read so far Everson. The backstory about your family and then your late middle school early high school experience helped me see how much this class has given you. I also really liked your comment about the class allowing us to get in the zone.

  19. nbarrolaza says:

    I to have learned a lot in this class and also agree that our playhouse is number 1!

  20. kwaterbury says:

    Your playhouse looks amazing. I can’t wait to see it when you put the railing up.

  21. cameronch says:

    You went through the whole year and really explained how you felt about everything which was good!

  22. nslanec nslanec says:

    Due to the quality of the playhouse and your entrepreneurial skills, I have no doubt that your playhouse will sell for the most!

  23. mkrizek says:

    Our playhouse is by far the best. I think we can sell it for around 5000$. Which would be awesome.

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