If you build it …

PUHI — Blaze Batoon slung the rule from his belt Wednesday at the Kauai Community College carpentry shop.

“This is just like Mr. Taba,” Batoon said, meanwhile reaching for another rule to do the measurements for nailing the project. “He wears his tape on his belt, too.”

Batoon was one of the students in the Kids College Woodworking class that opened Monday at Kauai Community College.

Woodworking is one seven courses being offered through the KCC Office of Continuing Education and Training in the Kids College program.

“Busted: Myths in Science,” is also being offered in the morning.

“We had a wait list for woodworking,” said Cheryl Stiglmeier, OCET coordinator, jumping in to help Glenn Taba and Crystal Cruz with the students’ project of building a birdhouse. “This was the first year we’ve offered woodworking, and it filled quickly.”

Batoon said the first project they made was a nail board where different types of nails were fastened to a piece of wood and labeled.

“Accuracy counts,” Taba said. “This measurement is the thickness of the board we’re attaching. If you place the nail outside the mark, guess what?”

Starting June 20 and continuing through June 24, OCET will present “Robotics with Mindstorm, and Physiology for Your Health.” The program continues June 27 through July 1 with the presentation of “ABC’s of Automotive, and Nuts and Bolts of Electricity.” The final course, “A is for Agriculture,” will be presented July 5 through 8.

“These courses are perfect for the middle school aged students,” Stiglmeier said. “As an example, the automotive program is being taught to students who are on the verge of becoming eligible for their driver’s license. This is perfect because they get to learn about the car, how to add fluids, change a tire, why doesn’t it start, and other areas on how the car operates.”

Dr. Addison Bulosan of The Specific Chiropractice Clinic, co-teaching the physiology class with his office’s newest addition, Dr. Kaci Manion, said physiology is a misunderstood class.

“Students learn the names of the body parts in middle school,” Bulosan said. “We answer the big questions, like what happens if you receive a small cut, how does the body heal that. Physiology talks about how the different body parts work together. This is not just about how you feel, but the functions of the different body organs like how does the blood get from the heart to the brain and other parts of the body.”

Information: 245-8318, or kauai.hawaii.edu/training.

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