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AFS Staff Introduce Metalcasting to 5th and 6th Graders

February 11, 2015


Eighty-five fifth and sixth grade girls were given a metalcasting presentation on Feb. 7, as part of Illinois High School District 211’s Fifth Annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Conference.

The goal of GEMS events is to educate girls about careers in those fields and introduce them to female role models from the different industries.

To demonstrate the basic concepts of metalcasting and what takes place in a metalcasting facility, AFS gave the popular Foundry-in-a-Box demonstration to the participants. Each participant got to pour their own metal casting to take home as a keepsake from their experience.

Eight AFS employees - Laura Moreno, Sue Thomas, Laura Kasch, Valerie Stramaglia, Katie Matticks, Jennifer Head, Shelly Dutler and Jennifer Morton, - all helped facilitate the demonstrations at the 2015 GEMS conference at James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, IL.  

Other GEMS presenters included women from the American Chemical Society, Kraft Foods, and Women Leaders in Action.

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.