Flight Academy students sit
around a conference table at Weldall Manufacturing on Oct.
30 as programming engineer Ben Matthies talks about the
processes the company uses to ensure consistent and accurate
production of welded parts.
WAUKESHA - Students at the Horning Middle School Flight
Academy had a chance to hone their presentation skills
on Wednesday as they gave representatives from Weldall
Manufacturing ideas for how the company could
incorporate iPads into daily operations.
the Flight Academy, a multiage program in its inaugural year
that provides a personalized learning pathway focused on
collaboration, integrating technology and 21st century skills,
spent the day at Weldall on Oct. 30 learning about the company’s
operations. Since then, they have been developing presentations
and representatives from the company came to Horning on
Wednesday to see what they had come up with.
students brought to Weldall representatives included using
Facetime or iMessenger to communicate on the shop floor, using
Time Station to clock in and out of jobs, take photos of welds
to improve quality moving forward, take notes electronically and
limit the use of paper.
Advisor Jeffrey Allen said the goal was to integrate content
standards for science and literacy and - more importantly -
develop 21st century skills.
Weldall programming engineer Ben
Matthies, left, explains a laser measurement tool to Flight
Academy students during a visit to the factory on Oct. 30.
the project started, Allen said, the objective was to
provide Weldall with something they could use and the
company expressed a desire to employ iPads in their
“Our kids kind
of took that and went with it,” he said.
Resources Manager Jenni Zielke said the company will likely move
forward with using iPads in some way. The students’ suggestions
to use apps to improve communications, including using photos to
document welding errors or jobs well done, were the ones that
stood out for Zielke.
communicate so quickly,” she said, adding that using messaging
apps to keep everyone on the same page in real time held
Colin Nuoffer, standing at
center, and Jacob Pilon, along with Alex Kaminski, seated at
left, present a project on potential uses of iPads by
Weldall Manufacturing at the Flight Academy Wednesday.
this project, the company would be interested in
collaborating with the Waukesha schools again, Zielke
School Board member Bill Baumgart was on hand for the field trip
and also for the students’ presentations Wednesday. He said he
was impressed with the students’ engagement in the project on
the level of knowledge students displayed about how the iPads
worked and how they applied it to an industry they were not
familiar with at the beginning of the school year was “pretty