NORTH LIMA, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited with students participating in a Summer Manufacturing Camp his office helped organize. Mahoning County students visited KTSDI to learn about Ohio manufacturing and participate in hands-on activities.
“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 six 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 19 camps in 15 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 for this year’s camp include United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and OHWOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology.
“OHWOW appreciates the opportunity to work with Senator Brown and all of our SMI participants, their families and our partners to increase knowledge and highlight the importance of manufacturing in our region,” said Suzanne Barbati, President and Executive Director of OHWOW!
“It’s a pleasure to see both the students/campers and our employees engaged in a collective exchange of STEM thoughts & ideas. This is our 2nd year of participation in the summer SMI program with great success both young & old. The Mahoning County SMI camp will prepare our kids for future manufacturing/STEM related careers that they would not experience in the normal school programs,” said Ken Timming, President of KTSDI.
The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.