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Dragged there to learn, kids have a blast at camp

Monday, August 16, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Filed by Cindy Leise

ELYRIA - Budding entrepreneurs got a chance to use their hands - and their brains - all week at a summer camp thanks to a foundation founded by actor John Ratzenberger.

Don't recognize the name? Well, how about Cliff, the know-it-all mailman on "Cheers”? Yeah, that's John Ratzenberger.

The 22 boys and four girls attending Techknowledge! Summer Camp had access to state-of-the-art fabrication equipment at Lorain County Community College, including a laser cutter.

By the end of the week, 13-year-old Simone Sharp of Elyria said she wished the camp had lasted a lot longer because summer gets "boring.”

"I thought I would hate it, but I wish it lasted a month because it was so fun,” Simone said.

The children had access to tools needed to conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test a variety of things at LCCC's FAB Lab.

Like Simone, Alec Renaldo, 14, of Fairlawn, said he was "forced” to attend the camp but started to enjoy it right away.

"It was fun - we got to use the equipment to design 3-D boats,” he said.

Alec said it's cool that Ratzenberger set up a foundation called Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs. The foundation sponsored the summer program with the Fabricators & Manufacturer's Association and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

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