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Colton students learn practical math skills from electricians
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/ National Electrical Contractors Association opened its San Bernardino training center to Colton sixth, seventh and eighth-graders for a special boot camp teaching students about a promising career field and the real-life importance of mastering math lessons in their classrooms.
The Boot Camp formed through a special partnership between the district and IBEW/NECA Riverside/San Bernardino Electrical Apprenticeship Program. The sixth grade boot camp took place on Nov. 18, with middle school students scheduled for Nov. 25.
At each boot camp, about eighty students rotate in groups between classes covering topics such as math relevancy, electrical safety, tool handling, first aid/CPR and mock interviews.
In the math relevancy session, students try out math equations needed to complete an electrical task, then perform the job to see if they got it right.
In the job skills portion, they learn to assemble metal framing, taking measurements and checking angles.
Students said they like the event because of all the hands-on activities.