Participants in Camp ET, a weeklong engineering technology camp held last week at Central Lakes College, toured the straw and cob ecological building west of Pine River.
Ellen Klingner and Hatie Parmeter will be eighth-graders in the Crosby-Ironton School District this fall. Their summer off took them to college -- Central Lakes College in Brainerd -- for Camp ET.
The Hunt Utilities Group erected the 6,000-square-foot structure on its research campus, using 150 bales that weigh 600 pounds each. Paul and Ryan Hunt and Ray Holm explained how simplicity and high technology determine the functionality of the experimental facility.
Campers ranged in age from 12 to 17 and came from Aitkin, Little Falls, Staples, Emily, Ironton, Deerwood, Pillager, Randall, Verndale, Brainerd and Baxter for an introduction to the field of engineering.
Grant Becker (left), Cris Weber and Adam Matuszak, all of Baxter and all students at Mississippi Horizons School, tried out their newly built robotic vehicle during Camp ET at Central Lakes College. The campers were invited to develop features based on a kit and modify their projects to suit their design creativity.
Brian Kohn, CLC physics and engineering instructor, coordinated the event to include robot building, tours of Hunt Technologies of Pequot Lakes, the Hunt Utility Group energy efficient home near Pine River, and the 3M plant in Staples.
Guest speakers Grant Meyer and Heather Silseth described the work they do at a new Brainerd engineering and environmental service corporation, where they are both engineers.
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