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Get A Grip: Gears. dRafting. Ions. Pneumatics [Ages: 13-17]

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ClassGraphic Embark on a journey of career discovery with our immersive STEM Careers Exploration Camp! Led by IVCC faculty, this engaging 3-day program offers a firsthand glimpse into diverse career paths in the fields of electronics, computer-aided drafting, automotive technology, machine operation, and industrial technology.

Throughout the camp, participants will delve into the requirements and experiences necessary to pursue their career aspirations in STEM fields. Through interactive sessions, students will gain insights into various occupations, learning about the educational pathways and skill sets needed to achieve their professional goals.

The highlight of the camp is an insightful tour of a local manufacturing facility, providing participants with a behind-the-scenes look at real-world applications of STEM principles in industry. Join us for an unforgettable experience that could ignite your passion and pave the way for a rewarding career in STEM! Students should bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

This camp is partially funded by grants through Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs and Carl Perkins.

Session 1: Electronics

In this captivating workshop, students will master the art of deciphering schematics, a crucial skill for assembling and soldering an intriguing mystery project. This project promises hours of entertainment beyond the classroom. Participants will learn to identify key electronic components on schematics, hone their soldering skills using a soldering iron, and meticulously troubleshoot their project until it reaches perfection. Get ready for an exciting journey into the world of electronics, where creativity meets problem-solving in a hands-on learning experience like no other!
Room: CTC-107 Electronics Lab                       Instructor:  Greg Whightsil

Session 2: Computer Aided Design
In this interactive session, students are encouraged to bring their boundless imagination and bold ideas to the forefront. Through hands-on exploration, participants will delve into the fascinating world of 3D modeling and printing. Utilizing problem-solving skills, they will immerse themselves in the intricacies of design, learning how to translate concepts into three-dimensional models on a computer. Finally, they will witness the magic as their creations come to life through the process of 3D printing, culminating in the tangible realization of their vision. Get ready to embark on a journey of innovation and creativity, where the possibilities are limited only by imagination!
Room: CTC-119                      Instructor:  Dorene Data

Session 1: Automotive Technology - East Campus

Get ready to rev up your summer with our exciting automotive camp. Designed for teens passionate about cars and mechanics, this camp offers a hands-on experience in automotive maintenance and inspections, vehicle alignment theory and adjustment, and gas engine theory and measurements.

Led by experienced instructors, teens will dive into the inner workings of automobiles, learning essential skills and techniques that are both practical and fascinating. From understanding the intricacies of engine components to mastering the art of vehicle alignment, campers will gain valuable knowledge that can set them on the path to a future in automotive engineering or mechanics.

One of the highlights of our Teen Automotive Camp is the thrilling NASCAR pit crew tire change competition. Campers will have the opportunity to put their newfound skills to the test in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping challenge, just like the pros. Who will emerge as the fastest and most efficient pit crew? Join us to find out!

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to fuel your passion for cars and mechanics while having a blast with fellow teen enthusiasts.

Session 2: Computer Numerical Control Machine Operation
Led by expert instructors with years of industry experience, our camp offers a comprehensive curriculum covering everything from basic CNC milling machine theory and programming to tooling theory and machine setup. Through a combination of interactive lessons and hands-on activities, campers will learn the fundamentals of CNC machining and gain practical skills that are in high demand in today's advanced manufacturing industry.

One of the highlights of our Teen CNC Machining Camp is the opportunity to program and execute a fun and creative project using our state-of-the-art CNC milling machines. Campers will learn how to program using dot-to-dot "Graphing Coordinate" techniques to create their very own cartoon head masterpiece. It's a hands-on experience that combines technical skill with artistic flair, allowing campers to unleash their creativity while mastering the intricacies of CNC machining.

In addition to programming and machining activities, campers will also have the chance to participate in a basic gauging demo, providing valuable insight into the importance of precision measurement in manufacturing processes. This activity will be tailored to the interests and skill levels of the students, ensuring a rewarding and engaging experience for all.

Whether you're a budding engineer, a tech enthusiast, or simply curious about the world of CNC machining, our Teen CNC Machining Camp offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn, create, and explore in a supportive and dynamic environment. Join us this summer and unlock the door to a world of endless possibilities in advanced manufacturing!

Wednesday: No class

Session 1: Industrial Technology

In this dynamic course, students will delve into the fundamental principles of fluid power, exploring both hydraulic and pneumatic systems, controls, cylinders, and components. Through hands-on activities and collaborative teamwork, participants will construct real-life hydraulic and pneumatic circuits, gaining practical experience and problem-solving skills along the way.

The camp culminates in an exhilarating challenge as students design and build air-powered rockets of various sizes and materials. Using their newfound knowledge and creativity, teams will compete to see whose rocket can soar the farthest with a launcher they construct themselves. It's a thrilling conclusion to an engaging and educational journey through the exciting world of fluid power.

Room: CTC-104 – Industrial Maintenance Lab           Instructor:  Steve Gibson

Session 2: Company Tour


Class Details

3 Session(s)

Oglesby Campus

MultipleInstructor :
1.Arthur Koudelka2.Scott Fox3.Greg Whightsil4.Stephen Gibson
5.Dorene Data 



Please read:  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 should bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration. Students will meet daily in Lot 7 at the entrance to the Community Technology Center. Please note: No class on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024.



Registration Closes On
Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 06/19/2024)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
6/17/2024 - 6/20/2024 Daily - Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM Oglesby, Oglesby Campus  Map, Room: CTC-119 Dorene Data  ; Stephen Gibson  ; Greg Whightsil  ; Scott Fox  ; Arthur Koudelka  In-Person