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Welding Workshop!

Welding, Technical Skills, MetalLindsay JonesComment
Lucy does her first weld all on her own, even though she was really nervous!

Lucy does her first weld all on her own, even though she was really nervous!

We started the day off learning how welding works, how we work the welding, and how to be safe!

We all agreed to share welding techniques, design ideas and mistakes we overcame with each other all day.  Then everyone got to practice welding on a flat piece of metal to get the hang of it, before we started joining pieces together!

Here we see a weld with zigzags that are too far apart, one that was too fast, and one that was fast then slow!

Here we see a weld with zigzags that are too far apart, one that was too fast, and one that was fast then slow!

After kids had a good idea of to use the welder, they brainstormed and designed, then re-designed then got to welding!

Welding is 90% set up and 10% welding. Here are some cool set-ups the kids did today.

Some projects needed curved pieces, so we heated them up with blowtorches and bent it with giant wrenches!

Everyone did a great job of sticking with it through scared feelings, finicky machines that needed love, tricky weld set-ups and time constraints. By the end of the day we had all these beautiful projects:

This workshop was a great mixed age group of kids! They collaborated through out the day, even though they were all working on independent projects.  They made sure their fellow tinkerers were getting equal welding time and helped each other figure out problems. Then they all helped reset the tools and stations when we were all finished! What a dream!

We have tons more pictures of the kids melting steel over Flickr

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