Thanks to the American Foundry Society Newsletter: August 28, 2014
In July, the AFS Birmingham Chapter participated in Maker’s Camp at Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, Ala., to demonstrate the metalcasting process with Foundry in a Box, a kit that allows students to create their own castings from pressing the oil-based sand into a small matchplate mold, melting tin in a microwave oven and safely pouring the molten metal into the mold.
Members of the chapter helped 80 students from kindergarten through fourth grade produce a casting that they could wear home as a necklace.
Maker’s Camp at Trace Crossings Elementary School provides students a venue to engage in a variety of "maker" experiences. Along with metalcasting, students explored engineering design, game making, electric company circuits, new technology innovations, and beginning robotics.
The Maker Movement is a current name for facilitated, hands-on learning experiences that engage students of all ages. The movement finds real-world ways to spark creativity and purpose in learning science, technology, engineering, art and math.
The school and Samford University worked collaboratively to provide a unique experience for students of parents who were seeking a creative outlet over the summer break. According to Trace Crossings Elementary, the excitement and end results were contagious. Plans are being made for a teacher professional development "Makers Fair" this fall and to repeat the summer camp again next year.
Photo: AFS Birmingham Chapter members Jon Montgomery, Rex Heat Treating (with his daughters Jamelyn and Aubrie); Johnny Williams, Alabama Art Castings; and Hai Nguyen and Kelly McCool, both students at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, helped demonstrate metalcasting at the Maker’s Camp.
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