As our STEM capabilities increase and American infrastructure ages, welding has become one of the fastest growing professions in America. In fact, the American Welding Society predicts there will be a nationwide shortage of more than 450,000 welders by 2022. This lesson therefore guides students in exploring the field of welding as they pretend that they are part of Boeing’s Early Career Rotational Program. During this “program”, students will learn more about the science behind welding, explore its uses across manufacturing and aerospace, and ultimately prepare a presentation that highlights this career path for a middle school job fair!
Boeing and Discovery Education have launched FUTURE U. to inspire and equip the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace. FUTURE U. offers hands-on learning experiences to help students in grades 6–12 embrace their potential to make an impact and innovate for the future.
Objectives: Students will be able to:
- Experiment with and simulate a variety of bonds.
- Explain the process of welding and its importance in both the aerospace industry and the world at large.
- Research a specific welding career, consider the role it plays in the aerospace field, and create a presentation that informs others about this career path.
This lesson focuses on:
21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking