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Technology Supports Hands-on Learning at Tyee

Tyee Teacher Nancy Pappas prepares wood for a hands-on at-home building kit.

Distance learning does not stop Highline students from tackling at-home projects and hands-on learning. It just takes a lot of planning, extra support, and well... technology!

Computers and home internet connections allow teachers like Tyee High School’s Nancy Pappas to connect with and teach students in her Trades Academy class.

“Surprisingly, our Trades Academy class is going well – we are finding creative ways and partnering with local businesses to make learning happen,” Pappas says.

She teaches pre-project safety training and the tool identification and operation components online using Zoom and YouTube.

The actual, hands-on building is trickier. 22 students received work gloves, safety goggles, carpenter pencils, nails and pre-cut lumber to make birdhouses and planter boxes. Pappas relied on some amazing volunteers and donated scrap lumber to put together the take-home building kits.

Pappas is planning for more at-home projects in the future including building a tool carrier and an outdoor chair made out of 2x4s. 


“We are having fun in spite of not being in the shop with all the cool tools and materials!” she says.

Don’t forget to vote on Proposition 1, the Highline technology levy at the very end of your ballot.

If approved, Prop. 1 will help fund devices and classroom technology, and ensure internet connections to support teaching and learning. More information:

Tyee student builds Trades Academy project at home.


Student shows progress on birdhouse project.


Wood building project at-home kits ready for pick-up