Once the sand mold had cured enough to be ready to cast the instructor, Toby Flores, started up the furnace and waited for students to come to assist. It was fun to watch these young women show up, without even being asked, to help out. You could tell they were all very serious about metal casting since they all had their own leather jackets, chaps and helmets for metal casting. Once the aluminum had fully melted we proceeded to pour the molds. I even got to pour a little, which was fun.
Remembering how these young women worked with the metal, with no fear of such a potentially intimidating material reminds me of some of the absolutely amazing women that I have met through the classes that I have taken both at the community college and the university. I have met several single mothers who are diligently working on a degree while raising several children and working at the same time. I really admire the courage and determination that they have even though I know at times it gets so difficult they would like to quit.
The young graduate students are also really inspiring. I have had far too many women tell me that they don't even dare to operate a jigsaw, much less a welder, so seeing these young ladies jump in and run a metal pour is really great to see! I think it's great that they are encouraged to take on such a difficult task without being judged by their gender. We are currently sending out daughter to a local high school that stresses technology and science and I know that she receives the same type of gender neutral education despite being in a traditionally male course of study.
Well, I hope you all have had a good week. Please enjoy the photos that I took last week. I'm afraid I do not have a picture of my pouring (I would be the little one!) but I do have a picture of a hot crucible that I took this summer.