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AFS, Magma Acquaint Girls With Careers in Metalcasting

February 17, 2014

More than 60 fifth and sixth grade girls witnessed firsthand the intriguing science and engineering principles behind the metalcasting process during the Illinois High School District 211 GEMS Conference held Feb. 8. 

The event was held to attract grade school girls to engineering, math and science fields and included career fair and hands-on demonstrations of subjects such as polymers, forensics, engineering design and metalcasting. (GEMS stands for Girls in Engineering, Math and Science). More than 60 girls signed up to participate in three metalcasting sessions, led by Jennifer Head, AFS Institute Director of Education, along with Shelly Dutler, Deepika Gaddam and Wendy Pilcher from Magma Foundry Technologies. Magma also sponsored a booth at the career fair to talk with the participants about metalcasting and its career opportunities.    

In the metalcasting session, participants made tin starfish, gecko and arrowhead metal castings using sand molds produced with the AFS Foundry in a Box kit.

“The feedback I have received is that we were a hit. The girls were excited to show their parents what they had made,” Head said. “Through events like the GEMS conference, AFS strives to educate its members, the general public and students about the industry, the unique aspects of its technology, latest advancements and career opportunities.”

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.