Camps offer opportunities to explore manufacturing and robotics
KOKOMO, Ind. – High school students interested in exploring advanced manufacturing or trying their hands at creating a robot have the chance to pursue these areas at two week-long camps being offered this summer by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region at no cost to participants.
Students entering ninth, 10th and 11th grades in any area high school are eligible to attend the camps. Both sessions will meet at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus and include field trips to a local manufacturing facility to understand how the technologies they learn about are applied in the workplace.
Cost for the camps will be covered through a career and technical education grant provided to Ivy Tech by Indiana Works Council Region 4. Registration is limited to first 30 students who sign up by contacting Jennifer Hughes, adviser for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Integrated Technology Education Program, by phone at 765-459-0561, ext. 7283, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Explore Manufacturing Camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 to 26 and will introduce the technologies used in today’s manufacturing processes. Students will participate in fun and interactive activities led by Ivy Tech instructors who have years of professional experience in various areas of industrial technology. These include Nellie Neal in welding, Nate McClain in Computer Numeric Control (CNC), Jonathan Combs in 3D printing, and Rodni Lytle, dean of Ivy Tech’s School of Technology in the Kokomo Region, in physics and engineering.
The Robotics Camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 to 24 and will introduce the principles of automation and robotics. While learning how robots are used in different careers, the students will work in teams to design, built and program VEX robots. The camp will culminate in a robotics competition among the teams.
The Robotics Camp will be led by Kyle Love, middle school engineering technology education teacher at Jay School Corporation in Portland. As an instructor for Indiana Robotics Educators, Love advises and trains teachers throughout the Kokomo area on how to use the VEX robotics design system in K-12 programming.
“STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is the wave of the future,” Love said. “Robotics programs, especially the competitions they include, help students and engineers have a practical application for theories and skills learned through the STEM education spectrum.”
Hughes said, “We are very happy to be able to offer these exciting opportunities to area high school students. The camps are also a great way to learn more about the range of technology education programs available at Ivy Tech – and the good-paying, high-demand careers that await their graduates.”