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Manufacturing camp offers look into possibilities

TCTC program lets students explore technical disciplines

CHAMPION — Students have spent this week gaining hands-on experience and exploring engineering and manufacturing careers.

The Trumbull Career and Technical Center offered a five-day manufacturing camp in which students in grades six to nine could learn about entrepreneurship, engineering and welding.

TCTC program supervisor Anina Karlovic said the camp was held in addition to the summer career camp that happened last week. She said unlike last week, where students could explore many different programs, the manufacturing camp kept them in the same program for five days to get more in-depth learning.

Engineering instructor Shelby Russell, a science teacher at TCTC, said she wanted students to experience the engineering planning and design stage. She said one activity had students designing miniature cars.

Dylan Davis, 13, of Lordstown, said he attended the camp last year and specifically wanted to try engineering again.

“I like to build things. My family has many people who are engineers. I want to be an engineer,” Josiah Johnson, 12, of Warren, said.

In the welding program, students learned to weld their initials into metal.

“My dad is a pipefitter so I know what he does for work. He talks about what he does and I wanted to try welding,” Colin Paisley, a sixth-grader from Howland, said.

Instructor Bob Olesky said he focused on safety in welding careers and then had students learn the basics and create small projects with their initials on them.

John Wolford, a teacher at LaBrae schools, taught future entrepreneurs to brainstorm and design their own lamps over five days.

“The students learn to be creative when they think of different type of lamps and lamp shades. They are seeing what is involved to design a product,” he said.

Audrey Gensburg and Addison Macaluso, both 11 and sixth-graders at Lordstown schools, said they heard from their parents about the class and wanted to be part of it.

Karlovic said by taking part through hands-on learning, students are gaining a feel for what is involved in engineering and welding careers.

TCTC co-hosted the program along with Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, which provided a grant for the program.

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