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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com

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Meet Future Stars Camper Alex, who I met at Woodshop.

Farah:  Hi Alex, nice to meet you!    How long have you been attending Future Stars Camps and how old are you?

Alex:   This is my first year and I’m 14 now.

Farah:  What are you working on in Woodshop?

Alex:   We are carving handles and I’m trying to make two that are symmetrical.

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Farah:  Do you have an idea of what you want to do or be when you grow up?

Alex:   Possibly an engineer. 

Farah:  Very cool!  Do you know what kind?

Alex:   Probably, an electrical engineer.

Farah:  What are your hobbies? 

Alex:  I like to use online software and sometimes script them.

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Farah:  What is your favorite television show? 

Alex:  The Office.

Farah: What’s your favorite food? 

Alex:  Mac and cheese, I’ve been eating a lot of it at the cafeteria here at camp.

Farah:  Do you have a pet?

Alex:   I have a guinea pig and a bird.

Farah:  What grade are you in?  What do you most enjoy about school?

Alex:   8th grade and probably just hanging out with my friends.

Farah:  Which programs at Future Stars camps do you attend? 

Alex:  Last week, I was in Scratch Coding.

Farah:  What is the best part of being a kid?

Alex:   You don’t have to go through as many things as you do when you’re older. Like just dealing with school.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Alex:   Me dominating GAGA!

Farah:  It was really nice to meet you Alex!  Hope your handles work out the way you want them to.

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For more information about the Woodshop camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Advanced Steam Education Camp page and scroll down to find Woodshop, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Tips for Beginner Woodworkers

Exploring woodworking?  Interested in creating your own wood project and need some guidance or tips.  The Spruce Crafts shares some things to consider before you get started:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to understand all the safety protocols for the different materials, tools, and equipment you will be using.  Purchase whatever safety equipment you will need. Then read and implement all the safety precautions that come with each item.
  2. Understand the use for each of the 10 hand tools and practice using them and always be cautious around sharp tools:

a. Hammer

b. Layout square

c. Tape measure

d. Utility knife

e. Chisels

f. Level

g. Screwdrivers

h. Sliding bevel

i. Nail sets

j. Block plane

3.  Understand the use for each of the 7 power tools and practice using them and always be cautious around sharp tools:

a.  Circular saw

b.  Jigsaw

c.  Power drill

d. Random orbital sander

e.  Table saw

f.  Compound Miter Saw

g.  Sander

Learning to work with wood, opens a gateway to creativity – wood projects encompass a variety of uses.  Find your passion.  Always be safety conscious.

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For full article:  Getting Started in Woodworking

For more information about the Woodshop at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Advanced Steam Education Camp page and scroll down to find Woodshop, today.

Image Credit: Deposit Photos