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      Summer youth programs give students guidance

      Grace Carey, high school senior from Livonia, Michigan, grew a love for engineering from a childhood of building with Legos and Lincoln Logs. That inspired her to travel from downstate to Michigan Tech for the engineering Summer Youth Program.

      â??Iâ??m really into engineering, and when I found out about this camp, I was like, â??Oh, wow! Thatâ??d be really great for me,â??â?? said Carey. â??So, thatâ??s really what drew me here was the engineering and how good of a school it is.â??

      Over 1,000 kids from all over the world get a mini college experience staying in dorm rooms, taking classes, and exploring the Keweenaw.

      â??Weâ??ve done a lot of stuff with manufacturing things, I guess, like engineering stuff, and thatâ??s really fun to try out my creativity and work with other people,â?? said Cameron Koller, senior from Duluth, Minnesota.

      Students work in teams on projects like creating prosthetic legs using foam and duct tape. Over the course of the week, theyâ??re also constructing bridges to see whose can hold the most weight.

      â??Weâ??re using little balsa wood strips and measuring out different dimensions of it, and weâ??re going to use wood glue and paper clips, kind of to hold it together,â?? explained Koller.

      But the camp is more than just team projects and making new friends. The goal is help students make decisions about their future education.

      Carey said she already knows engineering is in her future, but sheâ??s looking forward to getting a better sense of direction.

      â??Iâ??m hoping to see what kind of engineering I want to go into, like a better understanding of what kind of engineering--mechanical, chemical, biomedicine--anything like that,â?? Carey said.

      â??Hopefully, by the end of the week, Iâ??ll be able to decide that engineering is something that Iâ??m going to want to go into as a career, or attend Michigan Tech as a school,â?? Koller added.