Melting Metal for Fun and Profit

This program is a fantastic parent/child bonding opportunity. Learning to solder opens a huge world of inventive possibilities and telling your friends you held a 300 degree Celcius “pencil” is pretty cool. Each child receives a kit that contains all of the parts they need to create an LED-based project. Most consist of a battery holder, battery and 1-5 LEDs. Participants need to solder between 4 and 10 points. Soldering irons and instruction are provided by TinkerTruck but this requires direct and constant supervision and therefore is best suited as a parent/child activity. Parents will learn this skill as well.

* Minimum supervision ratio is based on the children’s ages but is typically 2:1 or 3:1. Pricing depends on staff required to meet these ratios, but parent volunteers can reduce the costs substantially.

Prices begin at $199/group*

* $199/group for birthdays (up to 15 kids), $250/class (up to 25 kids). Additional kids can be added to either package. Discounts for multiple groups/day.

Ontario Curriculum Intersections:

This program can be adapted to emphasize or demonstrate learning objectives in the following broad categories:

  1. Science & Engineering

    • Melting points of various metallic alloys

    • Conductivity and electron flow in a circuit

    • Polarity of certain electronic components

    • Tool use: soldering iron

  2. Mathematics

    • Ratios are used in mixing paint viscosity and colours

    • Geometry is used in describing areas of the canvas (center, corner, quadrant)

    • For older grades we can discuss the Golden Ratio for composition

    • Angles are used in describing how to tip and rotate the canvas to make the paint flow

  3. Language

    • Participants often see images in randomness (Pareidolia) which can be used to tell stories

    • Participants are often excited to tell caregivers how they made the paintings so an experience re-tell exercise reinforces the process and the vocabulary of the science.