Students Tour Pennsylvania WoodMobile During Campus Stop

Published 09.30.2013

Architecture & Sustainable Design
Construction & Architectural Technologies
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The 34-foot trailer awaits visitors outside the Carl Building Technologies Center on Monday morning.D. Wayne Bender talks with students about sustainability in forest management.The exhibit includes an identification quiz about Pennsylvania hardwoods, with answers hidden beneath blocks fashioned from each of the species.Robert E. Jacques shares some of the knowledge gained as an educator and cabinetmaker.Students in two Sustainable Materials classes taught by Robert A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology, were among those touring the Pennsylvania WoodMobile as it stopped on campus Monday morning. The walk-through trailer provided students with a hands-on feel for the prevalent hardwoods in the commonwealth, the presence of forest products in common household items and the threat posed to Penn's Woods by invasive insects. Accompanying the well-traveled exhibit were the state Department of Agriculture's D. Wayne Bender, a hardwood development specialist who also joined students in class, and Robert E. Jacques, a woodworker and adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College. The WoodMobile – which has also been shared with forestry students at Penn College over the years – is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, Deer Park Lumber and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.