Not every aspiring Eagle Scout has access to an aerospace manufacturing shop. Rorey Stevenson, a Bellingham High School junior, used the shop at Options High School to create a sign and posts for the Sudden Valley Small Dog Park as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Stevenson is in the Aerospace Manufacturing course, which is one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings for Bellingham Public Schools students.
“This project shows the broad Career and Technical skills our schools have to offer,” says CTE teacher Paul Clement, adding, “Rorey’s attention to the sign’s longevity is apparent in his fabrication and installation plans.”
Stevenson began formulating the idea for the project in January and has since spent more than 100 hours working on it. He says his experience in the aerospace program helped him design and build every part of the project. He used a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) design program to design the piece, as well as a plasma cutter. After completing the initial cut of the sign, he added a rust finish and cut and stained the wood for the posts. Next, he’s moving on to installation, which will include digging post holes and pouring concrete.
The second phase of his Eagle Scout Service Project will include expanding the existing dog park by extending the fencing and installing new posts to double its size.
Stevenson was recently accepted into the Boeing summer internship program. After high school, he hopes to become a helicopter pilot in the military, which may involve working as a mechanic before becoming a pilot. He says the aerospace course has helped prepare him for his future career by increasing his confidence and skills in aerospace, general mechanics and engineering.
Photo: Aerospace Manufacturing student Rorey Stevenson and Career & Technical Education teacher Jared Greenwood.