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Gilbert, Harold G., 1921-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Industrial arts--Study and teaching; Reinforced plastics


PROBLEM: This study was initiated in an attempt to determine what, if any, importance reinforced plastics could be in respect to the industrial arts curriculum. PROCEDURE: Information for this study was collected from various technical books, trade magazines, and bulle­tins associated with plastics. Three factory visits pro­vided information in terms of industrial processes and applications. Related Information from the writer's class­room experience with reinforced plastics was also included. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: (1) It was found that reinforced plastics was a modern Industrial material with many desir­able characteristics and capabilities. (2) Reinforced plastics represented a significant part of the rapidly expanding and changing plastics industry. (3) Reinforced plastics offered Industrial arts students the opportunity to make a variety of projects which were useful and worthwhile. (4) Students were challenged to do creative de­signing because of the unique qualities of reinforced plastics which allowed this material to be molded into practically any shape. (5) Reinforced plastics may be easily adapted to the present plastics, woodwork, metal­work, and electrical courses. (6) Many of the manipula­tive skills and methods for problem solving needed for the traditional industrial arts courses were utilized in making reinforced plastics projects, and therefore, with the strengthening of old skills and the adding of new skills the student could increase his capabilities. (7) The occupational implications for students Involved with reinforced plastics were, that this growing and expand­ing industry would need increasing numbers of trained technicians, engineers, and scientists. (8) It was con­cluded from this study that reinforced plastics merits a place in the industrial arts program.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 54-55)


57 pages




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