Tammy Haymon, KALB’s Education Coordinator and I had the pleasure of manning one of the “stations” at Cub Scout Camp in Decatur recently. About 120 boys attended, including several from Limestone County troops. The theme of this year’s camp was metals. What better way to get a young boy’s attention, than by letting him build his own robot with a huge selection of “parts” from which to choose? Before the boys could begin building their robots, important lessons had to be learned about metals. Tammy presented a PowerPoint program and shared information about the types of metals, the mining process, and also the protection of natural resources and cost savings when these metals are recycled rather than tossed in the trash.

Every one of these boys can now explain how to tell the difference between ferrousand non-ferrous metals and how they are separated when they are recycled. The lesson was like eating your vegetables because it’s required to get dessert. The boys patiently listened to Tammy and me, but could not wait to begin building their own robot to take home!

KALB would like to thank our Recycling Center, Electricfil in Elkmont, Don Wojtal, and Ruby McCartney for supplying the nuts, bolts, wire, bottle caps, Christmas tree ornaments, metal cans, fittings, screws, and an array of other treasures for this project. As you can see by the photos, it was a great project with some very unique results! If you are interested in having KALB provide activities for a group, please call us. Tammy just loves to be with the kids. Ahem... and just wait until school is back in session and the kids get to hear us sing!

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