Moraine Park Technical College invites middle-school students to explore college and careers through 15 hands-on activities during Tech Knowledge College (TKC).
Registration is open on May 1 for the Aug. 5-7 event at the Fond du Lac campus. For a full listing of classes, visit morainepark.edu/tkc. Classes this summer include:
Be an Architect
Use your creativity to draw buildings! You will be introduced to the Revit software to create building models, floor plans, elevations and colored perspectives to design your dream home!
Be an Electrician
Do you know what an electrician actually does? This session will teach you the basics of electricity fundamentals, including the use of multi-meters to measure DC circuits. Use the skills learned to get your hands on building basic electrical circuits for a house!
Be a Fashionista
Are you a trend setter? Do you like to look your best? Spend time in Moraine Park’s Techniques Salon and Spa to learn the latest in up-do’s, braiding and styling. Get pampered by receiving (and giving) a French Manicure and custom-blended mini-facial, complete with a make-up demonstration.
Be a Video Game Designer
If you enjoy video games, why not learn how to make your own? Explore the language of Visual Basic programming and create your own gaming world! Share this game with your friends or play on your own! Computer knowledge is required.
Cooking Nutritious & Delicious!
With the focus on teaching healthy cooking and dining choices, students can make and prepare foods great for the body that taste incredible. Class will focus on cooking nutritious and delicious recipes for after school snacks, breakfast and family dinners. Learn the benefits of local foods and some of the effects on health.
Dream, Design, Do
Make circles spin, robots walk, bubbles rise in the air, planes loop, birds fly, text dance, and create your own animated cartoon character with Flash software. The only limit is your IMAGINATION! This is a fast-paced course; computer knowledge is required.
Driven to Healthcare
Healthcare careers extend far beyond doctors and nurses. Experience the many options available working in the healthcare field. Try putting together a skeleton made of XRays with radiology; inflate a lung with respiratory therapy, check out a surgical suite, work on computers for medical coding, look into microscopes as a lab tech, and give a shot to Simulation Man!
Driven to be an EMT
You’ve seen them on TV; you’ve heard the sirens wailing as they race to an emergency scene! Now…experience the hands-on activities of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics. Learn how these health care professionals provide critical care at times of emergency. You will learn skills such as CPR, splinting and bleeding control, and how to handle situations such as choking, burn care and more.
Driven to Repair
Spend three days servicing an automobile in an actual auto service training lab! Do vehicle inspections, check under the hood, access computerized service manuals used in automotive repair facilities, and more! Closed-toe shoes are required.
Italy comes to Fond du Lac where you will learn the basics to cooking Italian cuisine. Throughout the class you will plan the meal, create the menu, prepare all the courses and, on the last day, finish the class by serving and enjoying your hard work in the Park Terrace Restaurant.
Fix it, Tune it, Ride it!
Are you a future Tour de France rider? Bicycle enthusiasts, you will learn to fix flats, fine-tune you own bicycles, and build a bicycle. On the final day, be prepared to enjoy a long bike ride!
Robot-Sumo with Lego Mindstorms
Students will work in groups of two in order to design, assemble, and program a sumo robot using Lego Mindstorms kits. The engineering challenges are for the robot to find its opponent and to push it out of the flat arena. A robot should also avoid leaving the arena on its own. The final competition will take place the last day ending with one victorious sumo robot! Students selecting this section should be interested in engineering. Students will be taking this in both the a.m. and p.m., so another session will not be available to them.
World Wide Webmasters
Design and create your own Web pages using HTML 5 and cascading style sheets (CSS3). Publish your web page on the internet for the whole world to see! This is a hands-on activity so computer skills and internet experience is helpful.
Design and make your own personalized high-performance yo-yo using CAD/CAM software. Program computerized machine tools to cut your design. See your yo-yo being made using high-tech equipment.
Activities fill up fast, so sign up early for your favorite two. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a deadline of July 1. Cost is $115 and includes two activities (9-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-2:45 p.m.), a T-shirt and lunch. Two bus routes are available for students who live outside the Fond du Lac area: Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam Campus and Moraine Park’s West Bend campus (included in the registration fee). Bus seats are first-come, first-served.
For registration information, go to morainepark.edu/tkc. For more information, contact Katie VandeSlunt, Moraine Park recruitment specialist, at 920-924-3347 or 1-800-472-4554, Ext. 3347, or email at email@example.com.