TOLEDO, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited fifth, sixth and seventh-grade campers at Scott High School in Toledo as they participate in the first-ever Lucas County Summer Manufacturing Camp that Brown’s office helped to organize.
“Manufacturing is one of our state’s most important industries, but too often, our companies can’t find workers with the right skills, while our students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them,” said Brown. “We need today’s Ohio students to realize all the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing, and that’s why, for seven years now, my office has put on summer manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders across Ohio.”
Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013 in Youngstown, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office will help organize 36 camps in 26 counties.
Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing. This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.
Community partners include Toledo Public Schools, The University of Toledo, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development, Rudolph Libbe Inc, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Hirzel Canning Co, Toledo My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, UAW Local 12 and Ohio College Tech Prep. The theme of this week’s camp is Manufacturing and Design Experience (MADE).
The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.