On Thursday, April 26th seventeen kids participated at EWI in the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program. This year, 2012, the program is celebrating 20 years. The program is designed to be more than a career day and goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult experience. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.
At EWI, Design Engineer Bill Mohr took the group on a tour of the lab facilities. There the children compared robots and the forces that they were designed for. They also checked on friction stir welds in aluminum, steel and copper and on ultrasonic additive manufacturing. In the laser welding area, they examined progressive removal of paint by laser stripping. They finished the tour in the brazing laboratory where Materials & Brazing Engineer Kirk Cooper showed them an aluminum brazing application and discussed how elements on different parts of the periodic table have different properties, such as the heavy weight of tungsten, the small amount of radioactivity in bananas from potassium, and the effect of oxygen on metals.
After spending some time with their parents, the kids went back to the Laser Lab where Jay Eastman, Laser Applications Engineer, demonstrated a “Q-switched” fiber laser delivered through a scanner. After reviewing all laser safety procedures, the kids worked with Jay and used the laser to shine-up pennies. This same laser has been demonstrated to remove multi-layer paint from aluminum.
AT EWI we are proud of our work and we are proud of our kids. It’s a great day when we get to show them both off at the same time!