Summer Manufacturing Camps

Every summer, Senator Brown’s office hosts manufacturing camps for 4th-8th graders – and WKYC got a special look into last summer’s first camp in Auburn, Ohio.
 

A few years ago, I was talking to an official in the last administration about how to best support American manufacturing, and he remarked to me, “you know, everyone says they want more manufacturing, but no one wants their kid to do it.” Too often, when some students and parents hear the word “manufacturing,” they think about dirty, dusty old jobs, and the outdated, offensive term “rust belt.” We are working to change that impression, because we know that today’s Ohio factories aren’t rusty – they’re innovative and high-tech, and will provide good-paying, high-skilled jobs to future generations of Ohioans. That’s why for five years now, every summer, my office hosts manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders. We partner with local companies, research institutions, educators, and community organizations to give campers the opportunity to tour actual engineering and manufacturing facilities, and work on hands-on projects that allow them to see where STEM education can take them in the real world.

These camps grow each year, and my hope is for all our students to see the many Ohio manufacturing opportunities out there, and to get excited about their future.

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A list of this summer's scheduled camps is below - more information will be added as it becomes available:

Cuyahoga County

Dates: July 30 - August 3

Location: Max S. Hayes High School, 2211 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade 

Other Camp Details: Campers will discover new career opportunities in manufacturing. They will participate in fun activities to learn what they need to be successful, including: technical essentials, soft skills, and health and wellness. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day.

Is there a fee? Yes, $75. Need-based scholarships are available. 

How to Register: Instructions can be found here

Camp Partners Include: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, My Brother’s Keeper, Cleveland Chapter, and WireNet


Defiance County

Session 1

Dates: July 17 - July 20, 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Defiance Middle School, 1755 Palmer Drive, Defiance, OH 43512

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade 

Other Camp Details: Activities/skill development will include: soft skills, safety training, leadership, hands-on learning, tours of local manufcturing facilities, financial literacy, and knowledge of skilled trade jobs.

Is there a fee? Yes, $50. Need-based scholarships are available. Fee includes snacks, lunches, tours, and t-shirt.

How to Register: Instructions can be found here

Camp Partners Include: Defiance County Economic Development Office 

Session 2

Dates: July 24 - July 27, 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Hicksville High School, 958 E High St, Hicksville, OH 43526

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade 

Other Camp Details: Activities/skill development will include: soft skills, safety training, leadership, hands-on learning, tours of local manufcturing facilities, financial literacy, and skilled trades knowledge.

Is there a fee? Yes, $50. Need-based scholarships are available. Fee includes snacks, lunches, tours, and t-shirt.

How to Register: Instructions can be found here

Camp Partners Include: Defiance County Economic Development Office 


Greene County

Dates: July 23 - 27


Henry County

Dates: June 25 - 28

Location: Northwest State Community College, 22600 OH-24, Archbold, OH 43502

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade 

Other Camp Details: The four-day "Maker-Facturing" camp will include: Drones Obstacle Course, SolidWorks & 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Lego Robot Build/Battles, Tour of a Manufacturing Site, and Entrepreneurship & Creative Challenges

Is there a fee? Yes, $75 per session. Need-based scholarships are available; please contact Tori Wolf at 419-267-1219 to learn how to apply for a need-based scholarship opportunity.

How to Register: Camp is now full. 

Camp Partners Include: Northwest State Community College, CK Technologies, Altenloh, Brinck, & Co., Edgerton Forge, Community Improvement Corporation of Henry County, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, and Sauder.   


Knox County

Dates: June 25 - 29   

Location: Goal Digital Academy, 1 Mansfield Rd., Mt Vernon, OH 43050     

Age/Grade of Campers: 7th - 9th Grade

Is there a fee? Yes, $25. Need based scholarships are available.  

How to Register: Please call 740-803-1002 or email ksmc@mygda.org to register.         

Camp Partners Include: Ariel, Sanoh-America, Replex Plastics, Goal Digital Academy


Lake & Geauga Counties

Medical Manufacturing               

Dates: June 11 - 15           

Location: Auburn Career Center, 8140 Auburn Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 4407              

Age/Grade of Campers: 5th - 6th Grade Girls

Other Camp Details: Girls Week, Campers will go on field trips, work in the fab lab, and learn “how it is made”. Includes lunches, snacks & t-shirt           

 

Aerospace Engineering

Dates: June 18 - 22

Location: Auburn Career Center, 8140 Auburn Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 4407

Age/Grade of Campers: 5th - 6th Grade              

Other Camp Details: Campers will go on field trips, work in the fab lab, and learn “how it is made”. Includes lunches, snacks & t-shirt.              


Licking County

Design Your Future – Manufacture Our World

Dates: June 25 - 28

Location: C-TEC Career and Technology Education Center, 150 Price Road, Newark OH 43055

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade

Other Camp Details: Camp will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day and end at 1:00 p.m. Camp Schedule: June 25 & 28- C-TEC Labs, June 26 & 27- Bus will transport students to/from Local Companies.

Is there a fee? Yes, $20. Need-based scholarships are available.

How to Register: Registration information can be found here.

Camp Partners Include: CTEC, Licking County Chamber of Commerce, Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority


Lorain County

Rose’s Girls Summer Camps

Dates: July 9 - 13

Location: Lorain County Community College, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035

Age/Grade of Campers: 6th - 8th Grade Girls

Other Camp Details: Middle school girls practice the skills of designers, carpenters and engineers. The girls experience manufacturing MEMS, wind turbines, welding — and the trades and manufacturing are also made tangible by working alongside women in the trades.


Mahoning County

Medical Manufacturing               

Dates: June 18 - 22, 8:30 - 3:30

Location: OHWOW!, 11 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Age/Grade of Campers: 4th - 6th Grade

Other Camp Details: Experience the manufacturing side of this growing industry. Tour local facilities & explore the newest medical technologies. Design & manufacture your own adaptive equipment.    

Is there a fee? Yes, $150. Some scholarships available.

Camp Partners Include: YWCA

 

Alternative Energy

Dates: July 9 - 13, 8:30 - 3:30

Location: OHWOW!, 11 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Age/Grade of Campers: 4th - 6th Grade

Other Camp Details: Learn about the effects of fossil fuels & carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Explore clean energy sources such as hydroelectric, geothermal & solar power.

Is there a fee? Yes, $150. Some scholarships available.

Camp Partners Include: YWCA

 

Future Transportation

Dates: July 23 - 27, 8:30 - 3:30

Location: OHWOW!, 11 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Age/Grade of Campers: 4th - 6th Grade

Other Camp Details: Help Eastgate Regional Council of Governments think about what transportation in the Valley will look like once you’re old enough to drive. Envision & build your future transportation mode.

Is there a fee? Yes, $150. Some scholarships available.

Camp Partners Include: YWCA


Richland County

Dates: July 23 - 27

Location: 134 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902

Age/Grade of Campers: 5th – 8th Grade

Other Camp Details: One week summer manufacturing camp designed to expose 5th – 8th grade youth to the automobile manufacturing experience within Richland County. Students will take trips to different businesses each day and will participate in games and activities geared towards the learning experience. Snacks and lunch will be provided throughout each day.

Is there a fee? Yes, $50 registration fee. There is an additional $50 fee for early/late pick up/drop-off (No child will be turned away).

How to Register: Instructions can be found here.


 

Ross County

Dates: June 20 - 22, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center, 895 Crouse Chapel Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Age/Grade of Campers: 5th - 8th Grades

Other Camp Details: These camps offer students a unique 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.

How to Register: Please call the United Way of Ross County at 740-773-3280.

Camp Partners Include: Pickaway Ross Career Technology Center, Kenworth, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Luke Feeney’s Office, United Way of Ross County, and Map Your Future.


 

Summit County

Dates: June 18 - 22

Location: Kenmore Garfield High School, 2140 13th St SW, Akron, OH 44314            

Age/Grade of Campers: 8th and 9th Grade                        

Is there a fee? No.

How to Register: Application distributed at schools.          

Camp Partners Include: Anderson International Corporation, Excelsior Marking, GOJO, Akron Tool and Die Company, and Steere Enterprises. Support for the camp has also been provided by Gene Haas Foundation, Haas Factory Outlet, and ConxusNEO


 

Tuscarawas County

Dale Lauren Foland Summer Manufacturing Camp          

Dates:  July 17 - 20

Location: Buckeye Career Center, 545 University Dr NE, New Philadelphia, OH 4466

Age/Grade of Campers: 7th - 8th Grade

Other Camp Details: The camp gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts.

Is there a fee? Yes, $60. Need based scholarships are available.

How to Register: Instructions can be found here.

Camp Partners Include: Buckeye Career Center, Kent State University Tuscarawas, Meteor Sealing Systems, Lauren International, Gradall, Allied Machine & Engineering, Marsh Industries., ProVia, Dover Chemical Corporation, Timken, Progressive Foam, Eleet Cryogenics., Tuscarawas Valley Safety Council, Inca, AEP, and Material Handling Specialists.


 

Wood County

Dates: July 9 - July 13

Location: Wood County Educational Service Center, 1867 Research Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Age/Grade of Campers: Ages 11 - 14

Other Camp Details: This exciting and innovative camp recognizes the valuable role that American manufacturing plays in building and maintaining our economy. The camp is designed for children ages 11-14 to see firsthand how things are made. It will include field trips to local manufacturers and a day at PENTA Career Center!

Is there a fee? Yes, $60. Fee includes snack, lunch, transportation to and from sites, camp materials, and t-shirt. Scholarships are available to students eligible for free/reduced lunch.

How to Register: Instructions can be found here


 

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