ABC Carolinas supports SHED; auctions high school students’ work

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Students at Cary High School put the roofs on their sheds at the SHED (Students Hands-On Experience Day) event

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas is auctioning the sheds constructed during SHED (Students Hands On Experience Day) at Cary High School on May 2 and 3.

The event, an initiative of the ABC Carolinas Schools to Careers committee, teams “local general contractors and subcontractors with local Wake County high schools to serve as mentors and increase awareness about and promote interest in construction related careers,” the association says in its auction announcement. “This will be an ongoing partnership between the contractors and high schools to continually educate students about the construction industry.”

SHED allowed high school drafting and carpentry students to compete in a shed design and building competition.

The drafting competition consists of creating framing plans and exterior elevations for a 8’0″x11’6″ shed. A panel of local architects will judge the drafting competition and determine the design winner.

The design winners were¬†awarded laptops capable of supporting their school’s drafting software. Following the shed design competition, high school carpentry students will compete over a two-day period to build the winning design. “The general contractor and subcontractor team partners will be responsible for mentoring their high school teams prior to and throughout the build, but will not assist in the actual build. Mentoring will consist of educating students about safety, quality, planning, communication, and scheduling. The shed building competition will be judged by local building inspectors and safety officers from various construction companies.”

Money from the auctioned sheds will be used to support the efforts of the ABC Carolinas Schools to Careers committee and a scholarship will be set up for students to attend trade, vocational, or construction-related curriculums.

“The shed competition winning schools will be awarded new power and hand tools donated by sponsors,” ABC Carolinas says, adding that media students would design the initiative’s website.

“In developing this committee, we have determined there is also a significant need for materials in classrooms. To help alleviate this problem, our outreach efforts will include donating unused or leftover construction materials and related resources to vocational and shop pro-grams in our local schools.”