Students at this week’s camp range from fourth to sixth grade. Next week’s camp will feature more technical things, as the camp will be for sixth through eighth graders, Stratton said.
The camp is put on by Springfield City School District, Silfex and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
“Ohioans are proud of our state’s long manufacturing history,” said Brown. “To keep up that tradition, we must get a new generation interested in our changing manufacturing sector. That’s what these camps are about.”
Brown’s office started working with school districts to organize manufacturing camps in 2013. Since then, the number of camps across the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office will help to organize at least 36 different manufacturing camps across 26 counties in Ohio.
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“These camps are helping students around Ohio learn about manufacturing jobs right here in Ohio and the opportunities our manufacturing sector has create for their parents and grandparents,” Brown said.
Micah Echols, a student attending the camp, said he liked to work on projects at camp, including making a tower using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.
“I’m learning what manufacturing actually is, and how we can use it, which is cool,” Echols said. “When I’m older, I want to be an engineer, and that’s part of manufacturing.”