Introduction to Construction and Building Technology
Raa Middle School recognizes each student’s need for an individualized educational experience while still being provided unique opportunities to explore both traditional and non-traditional educational paths, meaning our students have to opportunity to be hands on in class. Our campus proudly showcases Leon County’s only middle school industrial arts shop program. Students are given an opportunity for exposure to the Career and Technical Educational (CTE) pathway. This means the skills learned in middle school make our students employable.
Our unique program provides hands-on opportunities for students in all grade levels to work with industrial equipment like saws and drills. They learn skills for engineering, drafting and design, as well as building rockets and bridges. Our students learn computer program skills as they create CNC machine designs on the computer. They also acquire carpentry skills and engage in STEAM as they design and construct every project they do.
Raa also boasts being the nation’s first middle school shop program to offer the national certification of the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) program. Through project-based learning, our students work with national affiliations like Duck’s Unlimited.
When students have completed the HBI program and leave Raa, they do so with more than just completion of a class. Thanks to our CTE program they leave Raa with a sense of vocation, service to others, and lifelong skills, which can be used in all aspects of life.
Whether it is building duck houses to provide natural habitat for wildlife and biodiversity, building Adirondack chairs, or cornhole boards for silent auctions to support local non-profits, we believe in giving back to our community.