Today was the second-to-last session of Thursday After School, and we all started with our best game faces. At the beginning of the afternoon, our elephant that feeds a squirrel to a peanut was in bits and pieces and seriously needed some critical thinking skills and hard work. The bad news, though, everyone had a really long and tiring day today. It was so hard to stay on task and get things done! The good news is that we stuck to it and made some serious progress.
This week at After School Welding, we did a lot more than weld!
Today was an exciting day of progress. We worked the the heads of our squirrel and elephant. We split up into a couple of teams and went to work. It was a fun-filled, engaging time for all figuring how to shape the head, make the ears, and choosing a color to use.
In our past classes we learned how to weld a single bead, weld multiple pieces of metal together, cut, bend, and drill metal and much more. Today we put all those skills to practice and had the entire class time to work on our creative projects!
What began as simple design sketches are now taking shape!
Sometimes the easiest way to make something fit is to file a piece down.
Drilling holes for screws is one of the most effective ways to attach our metal creations to other materials like wood.
Looking forward to next week and perfecting our new skills as we continue to create epic metal masterpieces!
It was a great day of progress on our elephant, squirrel, peanut project. Everyone came in excited and energized to do good work.
During week 4, the Tinkerers learned to BEND METAL!
This was a lesson in intent, leverage, and heat. We talked about the difference in the aesthetics of curves and bends based on the different techniques, and then of course, we practiced! The photos say it better than I ever could!
The title says it all!
Today we got to learn how to use the Drill Press! The Drill press allows us to drill straight down through tricky materials...like metal!
Today, we made some big progress on the Build-an-Elephant-that-Feeds-a-Peanut-to-a-Squirrel project! This group of Tinkerers naturally gravitates into team that collaborate very well, understand how to communicate to one another, and constantly set goals and achieve them as we move through the session, and today was an awesome example of this well-oiled Tinkering machine!
We kicked off week 2 of Welding After School with a silly provocation.
Who's really good at drawing?
Will you draw Amanda standing at a welding station?
Now, let's make Amanda Ready to Weld.