Grade eight students in Orangeville had the opportunity to get some hands-on welding experience during a Mind Over Metal welding camp at Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS).
The Mind Over Metal (MOM) camps are the creation of the CWB Welding Foundation that began in 2014 and has since then taken off. Today, there are close to 80 camps that have been held across Canada that introduce youth ages 12-15 to welding.
Richard Alexander, a teacher at Orangeville District Secondar School, says the camps are a great way to give young students entering high school the opportunity to a career in welding.
“I’ve been involved with the CWB Group and CWB Welding Foundation for years and we’ve used their facilities and they’ve provided technical information and support to our school. We did a camp in the summere and it was great, so we decided to do one again. We have 21 grade eight students involved in this one.”
ODSS is a an ideal place of the welding camp, says Pat Hamilton, ODSS principal.
“We’ve had this welding shop for a long time and we renovated it this past summ er. We offer introductory trades courses like welding, construction, machining in grade 9 and then students can take full welding courses in grade 10 to 12. In our grade 9 rotation, we have a female teacher, Rachel Taylor, who is teaching welding and I think it’s great for students as a role model to see females in welding.”