Welding workshops start off with a demo of what welding even is!
Ready?! Set. WELD!!
We discuss what safety measures we all need to take and why.
One of the most important rules is to assume that all metal is hot. Why? Because at some point today it was 3,800 degrees!
Once everyone is suited up it's time to weld!!! Everyone gets a few practice passes to figure out how to control the welder's motions.
We all become welding detectives and check the welds to figure out if we need to go slower, make bigger circles, get the tip closer, or lots of other tricky adjustments!
Then we weld more!
Then it's time to dig into our brains and the metal tubs and figure out what to create!
Are you going to plan something? Or just starting welding things together?
Some kids were practicing welding super tiny pieces together. Some difficulties reported were: keeping the pieces in place before welding, not being able to see where you want to weld, and melting your tiny piece of metal.
Over at the Experimentation Station, kids were making mistakes and getting really excited about it!
Lucy accidentally melted through her super thin book end and loved it so much she decided to make the whole thing look like "crusty swiss cheese".
The discovery of hole melting was explored by some other kids with thicker metal and they ended up with molten bubbles that looked like volcanos!
As always, we got creative with clamping and connecting our projects into the welding circuit.
Aaaaaaaaaand as always we spent some time figuring out why the welder stopped working. Sometimes they just need some love and a new welding tip. Sometimes we get to open them up and untangle their insides!
Check out all the mistakes we learned from and the sculptures, gifts and furniture we made today!