WARSAW — Kids in Ivy Tech’s summer camps won’t be making friendship bracelets or swimming.
Instead, kids in fifth through seventh grades will be learning manufacturing and design, including 3D printing, CAD/CAM, and CNC machining.
The goal is to get kids interested in manufacturing before they even reach high school, according to Robert Marsh, department chair for Ivy Tech’s school of technology and one of the instructors for the camps.
“The manufacturing of today is not what it used to be,“ Marsh said. “It has the reputation of being dirty and grimy, but a lot of the jobs today are high tech — they require education after high school.”
Two week-long camps will cover what Marsh said is an overall picture of modern manufacturing, from engineering to running machinery on the factory floor.
Employers from the Warsaw area are involved and they will be giving kids a picture of what a manufacturing career could look like for them.
High schools do a pretty good job of telling students about potential careers, Marsh said, but he believes “a lot of times, manufacturing gets lost in the weeds.”
The camps will happen at Ivy Tech’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Warsaw, in partnership with Warsaw Community Schools, but kids from surrounding areas are welcome to participate.
It costs $100 per camp, which goes to Warsaw schools and covers two meals per day and transportation from Edgewood Middle School to the training center. Financial aid is available through Warsaw schools, according to Ivy Tech.
Week 1: 3D Automated Design covers CAD and 3D Printing and runs from July 7-11.
Week 2: 3D Automated Manufacturing covers CAD/CAM and CNC machining and runs from July 14-18.
To find out more or to sign up your child, go to warsaw.k12.in.us/wcs-summer-programs.html.
For help or more specifics about what the program will cover, contact Marsh at 267-5428 ext. 7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.