Toolin' It! gives teens hands-on experience in manufacturing technology

by admin13. February 2008 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a five-day manufacturing experience for young women and men ages 13-16, is being offered in two forms this June.


Toolin’ It! provides hands-on experience in using technology to design and produce a product from start to finish. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, participants will explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. On the last day, visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close and personal look at products being made.


The program is being held in conjunction with YMCA Camp Matawa’s week-long residential experience. For those who choose both the Toolin’ It! and Camp Matawa experience, which runs June 22-27, each morning camp attendees will travel to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center in West Bend. Later, they return to Camp Matawa for activities that include canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires and storytelling. The fee for this combined camping experience is $650; scholarships and financial assistance are available. YMCA Camp Matawa boasts an outdoor climbing wall, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide, as well as cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee, adjacent to Kettle Moraine State Forest.


For those interested in participating in the daily Toolin’ It! component only, June 23-27, the fee is $125, which includes all materials and daily lunch. To register or for more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725 or


For more information about the combined Toolin’ It!/Camp Matawa experience, contact Marcia Arndt. To register, visit or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.