"Get a GRIP" STEM Academy

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Ages: 13–17
June 27-30
Days of Week: Mon-Thu
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Class ID: 4365
Tuition: $59

Learn about various STEM careers and the experience and education needed to fulfill your career goals. This interactive, 4-day, career exploration camp will focus on occupations in electronics, computer aided drafting, automotive and industrial maintenance. Students should wear long pants or jeans, with no holes (no shorts, skirts, or capris) and (closed toed) tennis shoes. Long hair should be tied back.  Students will meet daily at the main entrance to the college.

Day One | Monday, June 27 | Electronics
Students will work as a team to problem solve, as they work to build a tetris game board. Students will identify key electronic components on a schematic, operate a soldering iron and troubleshoot the game board. 
Room: CTC-107 Electronics Lab                  Instructor: Charles Raimondi

Day Two | Tuesday, June 28 | Computer Aided Design
Students should bring their imagination and big ideas to this session where they will learn to model their designs in three dimensions and print them on a 3D printer. Students will utilize their problem solving skills to spend time learning the ins and outs of design and how to bring them to life, first on a computer, then “print them” to have your actual object in your hands. 
Room: CTC-119                  Instructor: Dorene Data

Day Three | Wednesday, June 29 | Automotive
Students will learn the basics of automotive technology by utilizing critical thinking skills to complete a hands-on vehicle safety inspection and perform basic maintenance tasks. 
Room: J-114- Automotive Lab    Instructor: Richard Marko

Day Four | Thursday, June 30 | Industrial Maintenance I Fluid Power
Students will learn the basic principles of fluid power, including hydraulic and pneumatic controls, cylinders and components. This will be a hands-on class building real-life hydraulic and pneumatic circuits while working together as a team to accomplish goals. The camp will conclude by making air-powered rockets of varying sizes, and from multiple materials, to see whose will fly the farthest using a launcher they will build. 
Room: CTC-104 – Industrial Maintenance Lab      Instructor: Steve Gibson