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How to make summer memorable, not boring

The anticipation of summer means you will want to start planning summer activities for your children and teens. Many of Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer summer camp programs that provide fun while exposing young people to future careers and educational opportunities.

STEM Race Camp at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) teaches high school students teamwork as they explore variables that control performance of a 1:10 radio controlled car, simulating the preparation of a professional racing team.  Participants will learn about science and engineering, racing and skills that apply to any occupational setting. Get your crew together and sign up today.

Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) will offer a similar Race Engineering Camp at its Wisconsin Rapids campus, June 16-19, for students in grades 9-12. If your teen is more interested in robotics, check out the VEX Robotics Engineering Camps at MSTC. Ask your school’s technical education teacher for more information.

CVTC also offers “Girls on Fire,” a firefighter and emergency medical service career exploration camp for girls entering 7th through 12th grades. This five-day, fun-filled, hands-on residential camp focuses on firefighter and emergency medical skills experience, while involving the girls in leadership and fitness activities. Campers stay in the UW-Eau Claire residence halls.

Middle and high school students in the Fox Valley Technical College district have many choices for summer fun and learning. Camps include:  Electric Guitar Building, Girl Tech, Jewelry Design and Fabrication, Fire Science, VEX Robotics, Power of Manufacturing, Learning Chinese is Fun and Learn Japanese Through Manga and Anime Comics.

LEGO® fans ages 9 to 14 can explore robotics, mechanical systems, electronics and programming at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) this summer at the “Beginning Lego Robotic Programming” summer course. The four-day program will inspire their imaginations and challenge their minds.

You don’t have to wait until summer for Western Technical College’s Camp W on Saturday, March 22. Courses are developed and presented by volunteers and can include things like building toolboxes, learning sign language, making a first aid box, dissecting a sheep eye, or just clowning around.

Learning doesn’t take a vacation. Give your kids opportunities to learn this summer at Wisconsin’s technical colleges.

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