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Lego Camp teaches kids engineering skills

RHINELANDER (WAOW) -- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: They topics most students wouldn't take time out of their summer to learn. But a camp in Rhinelander intertwines the concepts of engineering with an element of fun-Legos.

"We are introducing concepts such as friction, tension, propulsion, wheels and axles. They're building cars. They're building wrenches and pliers, simple machines," said teacher Jami Leighton.

These first through sixth graders are attending an almost week long camp at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

"We race cars and had races and a lot of fun things," said Trenton Neveaux.

"I liked how we made the cars with roll up rubber bands and how we raced them. That was pretty cool," said Daniel Goldsworthy.

Using Legos, they get a grasp on some very complex yet creative concepts.

Leighton said, "Our world is a technological world and the areas of science and mathematics are our future. So, the younger we start them the more technology and science we'll have out there, and the skills will be building."

For four hours a day Lego Camp, as it's called, gets the kids involved and interested thanks to toys most see everyday but likely haven't used like this.

"I thought the class was fun. We did a lot of talking, and I like the teachers most of all. That's pretty much all I have to say," said Goldsworthy.

Lego Camp runs through July 14. For more information call Nicolet College at 715.365.4544.

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