NACE Foundation of Canada Partners on Summer Materials Camps for Teachers

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Participants learned about corrosion in the lab at Ashbury College in Ottawa.

Again this summer, the NACE Foundation of Canada and the ASM Materials Education Foundation, along with ASM Materials Camp Canada, collaborated in organizing 5-day camps on materials (including corrosion) in Ottawa, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta, for teachers.  The Ottawa Camp was held on July 8 – 12, and the Calgary Camp on June 17 – 21.

Chris Miedema, Chemistry Teacher at Ashbury College, hosted the fifth annual camp in Ottawa, which 30 teachers from Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia attended.   Classrooms, laboratories, residential accommodations, and dining facilities are all located at Ashbury College, in the Rockcliffe Park suburb of Ottawa.  Again this year, the master teachers who presented the course in Ottawa were Debbie Goodwin (from Chillicothe, Missouri) and Eric Towers (from Cincinnati, Ohio).

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Teachers work in the lab at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.

A highlight of the week was the field trip to Magellan Aerospace Corporation (Haley Industries Limited) in Haley, Ontario.  Rob Parsons (Technical Director) gave a presentation on the casting processes used at Haley to produce magnesium and aluminum parts for the aerospace industry worldwide.  After the presentation, the teachers toured the plant, where they saw the procedures that are used to make intricate castings and they observed castings being made.  It was a fascinating tour that provided valuable information about manufacturing in the aerospace industry that the teachers can take back to their own classrooms.

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The field trip to Magellan Aerospace Corp. (Haley Industries, Ltd.) was a highlight of the Ottawa Camp for Teachers.

Acklands-Grainger, Inc. generously donated safety footwear that was required for the tour.

The chairs of the local sections, Nafisa Bano (Ottawa Valley Chapter of ASM International) and Lyn Kearns (Canadian National Capital Section of NACE International) attended the graduation ceremony and presented the certificates to the teachers.

The Calgary Camp was held, for the third year, at SAIT Polytechnic, where classrooms, laboratories, residential accommodations, and dining facilities are all located.  Twenty-one teachers from Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario attended.  The host on the SAIT Campus was Ed Leong, Chemical Technologies program advisor, supported by Emily Lees, head of the Chemical Technologies Department.  The master teachers were Roger Crider (from Virginia Beach, Virginia) and Ed Leong.  Volunteers from NACE Calgary and ASM Calgary were onsite each day to assist the master teachers during the course of the camp.

Courtesy of Carboline, each teacher who participates in these Camps receives a C-kit, a toolkit complete with materials and documentation for carrying out corrosion-based experiments, as well as a video on corrosion and support materials.

During the one-week workshops, teachers learn the basics of Materials Science Technology (MST) as taught at the high school level.  They work hands-on with metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, and develop an appreciation for the importance of these materials in modern life.  The teachers see how this heavily project-based course excites students to learn science concepts.  Whether teachers use the information and concepts as a basis for teaching their own MST course or infuse the concepts into an existing science course to increase relevancy, they finish the week with knowledge, skills, tools, and supplies to inspire their own students to consider further education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Ottawa 2013 Materials Camp Sponsors

 Platinum Sponsors

  • ASM Materials Education Foundation
  • ASME Pipeline Systems Division
  • Enbridge/Enbridge Gas Distribution
  • NACE Foundation of Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Gold Sponsors

  • AUTO 21
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
  • Cement Association of Canada
  • CSA Group
  • NACE Canadian National Capital Section

Silver Sponsor

  • Acklands-Grainger,

Bronze Sponsor

  • ASM Ottawa Valley Chapter

Partners

  • Ashbury College
  • ASM Materials Camp Canada
  • NACE Northern Area

Calgary 2013 Materials Camp Sponsors

 Benefactor

  • ASM Materials Education Foundation

Patrons

  • ASME Pipeline Systems Division
  • ASM International
  • Baker Hughes
  • Brody Inspection
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
  • Cement Association of Canada
  • Cormetrics
  • CorTalk by Mobiltex
  • Enbridge
  • EnerClear Services
  • NACE Calgary Section
  • Nalco Champion
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Onstream Pipeline Inspection
  • Pipetech
  • Providence Corrosion
  • Russell NDE Systems
  • Rysco Corrosion Services
  • SAIT Polytechnic
  • Stantec
  • Talisman Energy
  • Weatherford

Partners

  • SAIT Polytechnic
  • ASM Materials Camp Canada
  • NACE Northern Area

(—Winston Revie)

Originally published on Materials Performance, September 2013

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