NSCC Hosts “Maker-Facturing” Camp for Middle School Students

Northwest State Community College hosted the first of three STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics & manufacturing) camps June 26-29, with twenty three local 6-8 graders in attendance.

Campers learned about manufacturing through fun, interactive sessions involving additive manufacturing, welding, coding, snap circuits, Lego robots and entrepreneurship. One of the camp highlights was a “take it or break it” session where campers disassembled appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, microwaves and vacuum cleaners to learn what is inside the machines.

The last day of camp included a tour of Sauder Woodworking Funeral Products division, Maker Facturingwhere campers learned about both the business and manufacturing sides of the products. Campers were able to see how a casket is made from start to finish, and Myrl Sauder met with campers to discuss manufacturing and answer questions. The camp concluded with kids learning to build and program a Lego EV3 robot and information about the FIRST Robotics program. NSCC is the host for the Northwest State Cryptic Cyborgs team for grades 9-12.

Camp was sponsored in part by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs; The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.; Northwest State Community College; The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Sauder Woodworking Company. “Thanks in part to our great sponsors, we were able to provide an unforgettable experience for campers. Manufacturing is important to our economy, and it’s also a lot of fun,” noted Tori Wolf, account manager with Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Northwest State.

Northwest State regularly hosts STEMM camps in the summer for students in grades 5 through 8, with varying areas of focus. The camps combine instruction from Northwest State STEMM faculty, hands-on application, guest speakers and most of all – fun! For more information on Northwest State education and training programs, please visit NorthwestState.edu or call 419.267.5511.