Collaboration across disciplines is something that can only have a positive impact on something. The more ideas and perspectives you have on something, the better it will be. I can’t think of one that that wouldn’t be positively affected by interdisciplinary collaboration.
I attended a Vocational Technical High School, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The disciplines at the school are not what you would think of as the typical disciplines found in a college setting, but they are areas of specific study. I studied Culinary arts during my time there, but there were a huge variety of other vocational programs to choose from, from Health Services to Engineering Technology. There were several times during my time there where I was involved in two or more shops collaborating on a project.
The project I’m going to discuss in this post is a project done mainly done by the Culinary Arts program, but there is a huge contribution and collaboration from other vocational programs to make the project what it is. The project is the superintendent’s dinner; it is put on every year by the seniors in the Culinary arts shop. Each year, a theme is picked and all the shops involved work on it throughout the year.
This dinner is something that I have kept up with every year, because each year always turns out better than the last, and it amazing to see the turn out. This event just happened for the 2017 year. The theme of this year was the Kentucky Derby. There is collaboration between Culinary Arts, Paint and Design Technology, Carpentry, and Electrical throughout the year to plan the event.
For the Culinary Arts area, they create everything to fit what it would be like if they were at the Kentucky Derby. What that means is that they design a menu, wine list, table settings, chef coats, and server outfits that would be similar to what you would see at the Kentucky Derby. The next biggest shop involved in Paint and Design Technology, this shop paints panels, that are cut by the carpentry shop, that create a setting that looks like the Kentucky derby. The electrical shop does the lighting, which is sometimes incorporated into the panels.
The feedback from people who attend this event is always phenomenal, people say that it feels like they were really at the theme for the night because the students do such a good job of capturing the essence of the event. This is an event that wouldn’t be possible if there was not cross collaboration between different areas of study.