Friday, June 10, 2022

BOCES Class Designs, Builds a Tile Tray in 2 weeks:

Rush order: Genesee Valley BOCES student project aids Autism Nature Trail


In production terms, it was a rush emergency order.

Five students from Genesee Valley BOCES were given a task to complete a large tray for donor tiles for the Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park.

And the delivery schedule? Two weeks.

The students are part of welding instructor Andrew Geyer’s class, which had previously designed six large trays for The ANT. Loren Penman, vice chair for the ANT, contacted them on Memorial Day to make a smaller one.

“Not only did we ask them to design it, but we asked them to make it,” she said, adding there was no instructions beyond how many tiles it would need to hold and how tall it should be. “It sort of was last minute.”

The metal tray was designed by senior Matt Parkhurst of Attica in a day and has designs of ants around the rim. It will be placed at the Curiosity Corner on the trail.

“The way these tiles fit in are very exact,” Penman said. “We had a couple just left over. What we wanted to do was have something unique.”

It took two weeks for the students to create the tray from design to finish.

Penman said the metal trades students at Batavia BOCES have been coming to The ANT’s rescue for years — even before the trail started construction.

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