On March 25, EWI hosted BSA Scouts from ten local troops for a Welding Merit Badge event. It was the first opportunity for the scouts to earn their badges since before Covid, and enthusiasm was high!
The event kicked off at 8:00 am on Saturday morning and lasted until 4:00 pm. During the day, the participants learned about welding basics, terminology, equipment, safety, and career welding. They got to spend half the day in the welding booths completing a project for their final badge certification.
The scouts, leaders, and parents also had a chance to tour the EWI research labs.
In all, 22 boys and girls – including several children of current and former EWI associates – completed their badge certification. Plus, an attending Cub Scout got to try welding for the first time.
Many thanks to the professionals who volunteered their time to make the event a success: Randy Dull, Tim Moore, Tom Filbert, and Eugene Choi of EWI; David Phillips, Boyd Panton, and Mark Cooper of OSU: OSU welding engineering students Garrett Anders, Trenton McCann, Adam Peltier, Jorge Waimin Duron, and Brian Wells; and Mark Norfolk of Fabrisonic.
We look forward to hosting the Welding Merit Badge Event again in the future!