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13 Irrefutable Reasons Why Shop Class Was The Best Part Of School

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1. For starters, you got to sit on these:

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A throne among school chairs.

2. And walking into a room with no desks or whiteboard made you feel like an actual grown-up.

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At least, for 45 minutes.

3. For the first time, you got to use things like table clamps, band saws, and wood glue.

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Glue sticks are for peasants.

4. There was also the novelty of using flat carpenter pencils.

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At last, you didn't need to justify your carpenter jeans anymore.

5. No other classroom smelled better than all that freshly cut wood.

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Not even the cafeteria.

6. The safety glasses were way less demeaning than those goggles you wore in science class.

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And clear frames too? They're almost fashionable!

7. The instructional videos either lulled you to sweet, merciful sleep...

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😐 πŸ˜• 😴

8. ...or creeped you out just enough to ensure you'd never sleep again.

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😦 😧 😨

9. There was nothing more gratifying than taking apart an engine and figuring out how it worked.

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Or watching somebody else do it.

10. Even when you couldn't chew gum in school, you could still build a gumball machine in Industrial Arts.

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Because why was that a rule in the first place?

11. What other class allowed you to do cool stuff like engrave things with ~laser~ machines...

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Like your screen name on a No. 2 pencil.

12. ...or build real-life hovercrafts out of plywood? HOVERCRAFTS, GUYS.

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The future was then.

13. But most of all, there was the unique satisfaction that came from making something with your own two hands. 😊

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Even if your teacher gave you the template to follow.

From builders to tinkerers, a new league of makers is out there β€” and Intel is fueling today's DIY movement. Tune in to America's Greatest Makers in 2016. πŸ”§