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Camps and Classes in Manufacturing and Engineering

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What camps and classes are available in manufacturing and engineering?

A great way to explore manufacturing and engineering is to go to a camp or attend specific classes. They allow you to dig deeper into an area of interest and can prepare you for a future career. Many different types of opportunities are available in Minnesota.

Discovery Academy
Learn manufacturing skills through courses such as welding, pre-engineering, and automotive systems. The camp is offered to high school students through St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science
Provides a hands-on introduction to engineering, science, and mathematics opportunities right in your back yard. The camp is offered to 11th and 12th grade students and is held by the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

High Tech Kids
Supports Minnesota First LEGO League teams. It is ideal for students nine to 14 year olds who are interested in hands-on science, engineering, and technology. High Tech Kids provides the support and training.

Kids' University
Provides hands-on interactive camps featuring 2.5 hours of academic enrichment a day on agriculture, language, math, or science. The rest of the day includes sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, or arts and crafts. The camps are held on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Each camp has different age requirements.

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS
Coordinates TEAMS, an annual engineering competition for high school students. Student teams work together to problem solve real-world engineering challenges by applying math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways.

Midwest Robotics League
Build the next robot champion in a hands-on program for middle school, high school, and college-aged students. Then compete against other schools. Previous skills are not necessary, just a desire to learn.

Minnesota Camps to Careers
Explore and prepare for exciting, high-wage careers. These camps let high school students and recent graduates "try on" a career through hands-on projects on the shop floor or college classroom. Students also tour modern manufacturing facilities and participate in fun activities to help make career decisions.

Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs
Find out about summer camps and scholarships in manufacturing. National and Minnesota-specific camps are included.

RoboStorm Camp
Learn how to create and program Lego Mindstorm™ robots. Activities are hands-on. Students also tour local manufacturing facilities to understand how robotics, engineering, and mechanical design are implemented in the workplace. The camp is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.

SkillsUSA Minnesota
Offered in Minnesota at both the high school and college levels. Prepares students for the world of work and leadership. Some programs are specific to manufacturing careers.

STEPS: Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls
Introduces the world of technology and engineering to girls through a one-week camp. Students get hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes. The camp is held at the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Summer Engineering Camp
Explore the fun and exciting world of engineering! Students will leave with a solid understanding of the engineering profession, practical hands-on experience, and knowledge of what is takes to become an engineer. The camp is held at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids.

Summer Robotics Academy
Build a robot during this week-long program. Students work in teams to design, build, and engage their robot in activities with a common goal. Students learn the fundamentals of mechanics, electronics, and pneumatics. They explore how robots are used in different careers and meet engineers. Classes are held in the Stillwater area.

Technology Day Camp
Introduces underpriviliged youth from Minneapolis and St. Paul schools to the wonders of technology and robotics in a college environment. The camp is offered by the Center for Distributed Robotics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

ZAP Camp: Engineering
Experience engineering by building a bridge and solving an oil spill disaster. Learn even more about engineering on the ropes course. The camp is held at Minnesota State University Mankato.

ZAP Camp: Physics
Learn about physics in fun, hands-on experiments. The camp is held at Minnesota State University Mankato.

ZAP Camp: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Focuses on hands-on projects in fields such as mechatronics, global information systems, and microbiology. There will also be a social and physical recreation component. The camp is held at both the North Mankato and Faribault campuses of South Central College.