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One Day Welding Workshop!

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We love our welding workshops SO much. Kids get their hands on tools and materials that they might not ever use otherwise, and develop an understanding and appreciation for the built world around them. 

Amanda goes over some basics of how the welders work. We practice flux-cored arc welding at our welding workshops. This process works well for us because its versatile enough, and we don't have to worry about cylinders or gas shielding. 

Amanda goes over some basics of how the welders work. We practice flux-cored arc welding at our welding workshops. This process works well for us because its versatile enough, and we don't have to worry about cylinders or gas shielding. 

We start the day with a quick check-in and introduction--this time sharing a story of a time each of us made a mistake. Because guess what: today we're basically going to spend the whole day making mistakes! This skill-based workshop is so different from our other programming. It allows us to really focus on goal number 3, "Learn from mistakes and failures." Then we talked about our main safety concerns for the day: heat, UV rays, and electricity. Then, we got started welding, duh!

David's first weld with Piper!

David's first weld with Piper!

After taking a stab at some of their first welds (or brushing up on skills for returning welders!), kiddos spent some time thinking about what they'd like to make. Another thing that makes welding workshops different is that each attendee works on an individual project that they get to take home at the end of the day. Yay! 

Lulu carefully stabilizes her body with one elbow resting on the welding table so that she can make a longer weld.

Lulu carefully stabilizes her body with one elbow resting on the welding table so that she can make a longer weld.


Lily's design for a chandelier involved drilling holes so that the 'gems' hanging from her chandelier could be attached with cord and dangle nicely. She learned how to change the speed on the drill press too!

Lily's design for a chandelier involved drilling holes so that the 'gems' hanging from her chandelier could be attached with cord and dangle nicely. She learned how to change the speed on the drill press too!

Anastasia shows off the dragon she made! At first, she thought this project might be a little too big, but with a boost of confidence from some collaborators, and some outside the box thinking about the design, she really made it happen. We can't wait for her to come back to attach the wings!

Anastasia shows off the dragon she made! At first, she thought this project might be a little too big, but with a boost of confidence from some collaborators, and some outside the box thinking about the design, she really made it happen. We can't wait for her to come back to attach the wings!

Check out our flickr for more pictures from the day! 

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