SOUTH WHITLEY – Whitko Community School Corporation’s agricultural and welding departments teamed up to design and produce livestock panels for the academy’s show barn.
The initial idea was to allow students to research, design, and produce quality multifunctional panels to be used for the barn.
After their early research in late March, students decided on a gate plan that could serve multiple purposes. The functions would include dividing the actual livestock containment area into sections, by removable for outdoor Ag day purposes, and be utilized for the upcoming state livestock contest.
Then from a late start on production in April due to COVID complications, the welding students began the fabrication process.
Twenty-three custom-designed interlocking panels were produced. The panels were constructed of 1” by 14 gage square tube, number 9 cattle panel, and a student-designed interlock system.
The co-curriculum project began with a real-world deadline of May 13th. The panels were used by the Agriculture department for Ag Day and the State Livestock Contest.
Both events took place earlier this month.