Provincial OYAP Picnic Table Initiative

Event Date:October 27th, 2021

*Register by Oct 14th at 4pm

Activity Overview

In this project, participating students will have the opportunity to construct their very own miniature picnic table.

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Each kit includes all the tools, materials, and safety equipment required to complete the job. In addition to the hands-on workshop, a special guest will be sharing information about the skilled trades and the apprenticeship pathway.

One of the great take-aways from this project is that the essential skills and knowledge obtained through this learning experience can be transferred to a variety of real-life applications. For example, constructing a life-size picnic table out of wood!

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Agenda Items

9:30am - Pre-Activity Setup
• Landing Page Welcome
• Device Distribution
• Students access Build a Miniature Picnic Table Virtual Workshop website
• Student Login to Experiential Learning Cycle Google Form
• Whole class connect to Zoom (not individual students)
10:00 am - Opening Remarks & Presentation
• Join us as we learn about a Skilled Trade Pathway
10:15 am - Transition Period
• Distribute Materials
10:30 am - Activity
• Build a Picnic Table & Experiential Learning Reflections
11:20 am - Closing Exercises
• Closing Remarks and Feedback
11:30 am
***Please note that more time may be required to complete the build and reflection

Teacher Checklist

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Task Description Timeline Check
Learn important information about the Picnic Table Event. Provincial OYAP Picnic Table Event
Please visit the event website and visit each tab
Classroom Set-up & Build Tutorial This virtual video will guide you through the steps for how to set up your classroom for the event. View this video prior to attending the Teacher Information Session
Teacher Information Session(optional) Join us for a brief Question & Answer session for more information about the event. You will receive an email with more details closer to the day of the event. Monday, October 25, 2021 at 3:30 pm (approximately 30 minutes)
Plan groups for sharing the jig There are 8 jigs per class kit that must be shared to complete the construction of the tables. Prior to event
Technological Device Access Sign out a device (laptop, IPad, etc.) for each student to be used for the day of the event (to access instructional videos and Experiential Learning reflective activities on Google Forms). Prior to event
Material Distribution Distribute prepared materials to student workspaces AFTER the Skilled Trades Pathway Presentation. Day of event
Test Zoom Your Connection Day of event

Pathway Activity

Experiential Learning is a trusted teaching and learning approach that encourages students to participate in an engaging learning activity, reflect thoughtfully upon the meaning of the activity with respect to their understanding and skill development, and to apply their knowledge to new and related challenges.

For this event, we will use these questions, from the Experiential Learning Cycle, to guide our reflections.

Download English - EL Reflection Form
'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Microsoft Form
Access 'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Google Form

The 'What' - Building an OYAP Miniature Picnic Table
What did you enjoy about building the miniature picnic table? Describe.

What did you find challenging while building the picnic table? Explain.
Part 2 - REFLECT
The 'So What?' - Consider the 'why' of what you are doing and what you are learning from the experience.
What suggestions could you offer to make the process of building the picnic table easier? List your suggestions and explain why they would help.

How would you connect today's experience (e.g. building the picnic table, our interview with Isabelle) to other things you have learned or already know about - at school, at home or in the community? Please share one or two connections that you have made.

Reflect upon your experiences today. Think about what you have learned about yourself, other people and new opportunities that are available to you. Share your reflections.
Part 3 - APPLY
The 'Now What?' - Consider future learning and pathways.
How has my learning today influenced - or may influence - my decisions, opinions, goals and plans (e.g. in relation to the skilled trade pathway, building, construction, etc.)? Explain.

What questions do I have now? You might think about: skilled trades, women in the trades, the construction pathway, learning opportunities available in our community or at school, etc. List your questions here.

Access the 'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Google Form, 'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Microsoft Form or the Download 'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Form to print to share with your students to complete.

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Speaker Biography

Isabelle Bazinet image- Workshop Facilitator

Isabelle Bazinet

Building Construction Technician Graduate, Canadore College

My name is Isabelle Bazinet and I am from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Since my childhood, I have loved to design and build things. Whether I am painting, drawing, baking or building foundations, my creative nature has been the inspiration that led me to explore a career in the skilled trades.

I am now a graduate of the Building Construction Technician program at Canadore College. My interest in the trades first started when I took a construction class in high school. My passion for the skilled trades opened up opportunities for me to attend several training workshops offered by my school board and to participate twice in the Skills Canada Ontario competitions in Toronto.

The more I participated in various activities and events in high school, the more I was able to meet people and widened my network of contacts in the skilled trades sector. During the summer of 2017, I completed my OYAP/PAJO Cooperative Education (Co-op) placement building industrial and residential foundations. These experiences allowed me to graduate from our Construction Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) with a red seal on my diploma. I like working with my hands and above all I like to see the results of my work! Today, I am working in the construction industry and there is no doubt that I have chosen the right career for myself.


Picnic Table Model Instructions
Scale Model Picnic Table Worksheet Answers
Student Checklist
Teacher To Do Checklist
Event Agenda

EL Reflection Forms

EL Reflection Form
'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Google Form
'Build a Picnic Table' Reflection Microsoft Form

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