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Birmingham Chapter Donates Metalcasting Kit

October 19, 2012

The American Foundry Society Birmingham Chapter recently donated a complete metalcasting kit to the Calera High School Engineering Academy, Calera, Ala.

The kit will allow students to create their own prototype castings within the classroom. It contains safety equipment, melting units, crucibles, flasks, patterns, molding tools, oil bonded zircon flour, tin, containers and hand tools.

Working with local metalcasting facilities, the students have already designed and produced their own castings, assisted by pre-engineering teacher, Brian Copes. Students also created prosthetic legs from used car parts. Last summer, Copes, who was recently named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s teachers of the year, traveled with his students to Honduras where they fit the legs for amputees.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Educational Foundation also awarded the school a $15,000 grant, naming it one of 15 PRIME Schools in the nation.

Check out PEOPLE Magazine’s article and video on teacher Brian Cotes.