360 Degrees to co-sponsor summer tech camp for girls

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s 360 Degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence and Northwest Technical College will be co-sponsoring a free two-day camp for high school girls entering ninth and tenth grades, “Girls Exploring Manufacturing, Technology and Trades.”

The camp will be held July 15-16 at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, Minn. It will focus on fun, hands-on exploration of career possibilities such as model making, solar technology, carpentry and global positioning system technology.

Registration for the camp is free, but attendance will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Registration must be received by Tuesday, June 17. To register, contact Gwen Oster at Northwest Technical College at (218) 333-6635 or via e-mail at gwen.oster@ntcmn.edu.

The camp is one of seven co-sponsored by 360 Degrees at community and technical colleges across the state of Minnesota this summer. Other camps to be held include:

• SEAM camp at Central Lakes College in Staples, Minn. A week-long day camp with no overnight stay for students in grades 7-12 working in teams to design and modify battlebots for various events and contests. This camp will be held July 7-11 and has a $250 registration fee, but scholarships and transportation arrangements may be available. For information, contact Janet Gontarek via e-mail at jgontarek@clcmn.edu.

• ROBO Storm Camp at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn. ROBO Storm is a two-day camp with no overnight stay allowing middle school students to gain exposure to robots, sensors and engineering technology. This camp will be held July 23-24 and has a $75 registration fee. For information, contact Kari Sundberg via e-mail at kari.sundberg@northlandcollege.edu.

For more information, contact Vicki Ruzicka at the 360 Degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence by phone at (218) 755-2997.

About 360 Degrees
360 Degrees-Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence is a partnership of nine institutions led by Bemidji State University which includes Central Lakes College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, Saint Paul College, and St. Cloud Technical College. 360 Degrees was initiated by the Governor of Minnesota to strengthen the state’s manufacturing economic sector and seeks to serve the needs of industry by cultivating a potential future workforce through more flexible educational opportunities via the concept of the seamless career pathway.

For further information about 360 Degrees, visit it on the Web at: http://www.360mn.org.