Forty middle school students participated March 11 in Manufacturing Experience 2023 at the Amp Lab at Electric Works in Fort Wayne.
The students got hands-on experience in soldering, 3D printing, circuitry and the basics of electricity. Attendees took home their soldering kits so they could continue practicing with them.
The free day camp was made possible through a collaboration involving Northeast Indiana Works, the Don Wood Foundation, Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Career Academy and the Amp Lab.
The camp was the second in a series designed to expose students to various aspects of manufacturing. The first camp was held in October in Noble County. The plan is to continue conducting the camps throughout northeast Indiana.
The camps are part of a larger manufacturing awareness campaign aimed at enhancing the talent pool for the manufacturing industry, which is the largest-employing sector in northeast Indiana. The campaign is anchored by a website that can be accessed at www.beginswith.me