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RACINE — Twelve students from Mitchell and Gifford Middle schools participated in the Welding and Manufacturing Camp organized by Case High School technology education teacher Alex DeBaker last month.

The students traveled to Case High School each day after school for a week as part of the AfterZones program.

In this hands-on workshop, students learned about applications for welding and CNC in manufacturing.

Six Case High School technology education student volunteers taught and supervised the middle school students in the manufacturing labs.

“The whole idea behind the camp is to create a fun, hands-on way of learning what is available in high school and beyond. Middle school is the perfect time to start building visions for their futures. It gives them a goal and a sense of purpose,” said Keith Kohlmann, Technology Education teacher from Mitchell Middle School.

Students also designed a coaster using Inventor 3D design software. Their electronic files were sent to the manufacturing lab where the students watched the school’s CNC machines cut out the projects from aluminum blocks.

“I liked the MIG welding, you can make a lot of things with it. I wish we could do this more often,” one middle school student said.

The students learned about pathways they can take in high school and were also shown some of the career opportunities for engineering and manufacturing in the Racine area.

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