Mini Camps - Registration Open Now!

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Held Saturdays at Rhodes State College November 2023 through April 2024

Campers must have an adult stay with them.

Camps are held at Rhodes State College.
10 am – 12 pm

Cost: $29 each

Cool Science Experiments Using Cornstarch

January 27, 2024

  • Learn, hypothesize, and experiment your way through hands-on activities using cornstarch. Turn a basic kitchen essential into clay, goo, and quicksand, and create electrical currents with live chemical reactions!

Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting 101

March 23, 2024

  • Bring your visions to life through art! Paint with salt and oil pastels, sculpt clay, and learn to letter draw. Let your creative side run free in this camp and create masterpieces! Registration opening soon!

Camps are held at Rhodes State College.

Cost: $29 each

10 am – 12 pm on the dates specified below

January 27, 2024 – Experience the Brains Behind Automation

  • Investigate how industrial computers have adapted for control of manufacturing processes, such as assembly lines, robotic devices, machines, or any activity that requires high reliability, ease of programming, and process fault diagnosis. Students will learn how and why Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used in industry and be allowed to develop and test their own PLC program. PLCs are the brains behind industrial machines, continuously monitoring the state of input devices based upon custom programming. 

February 24, 2024 – Command Machines to Laser Engrave

  • Uncover the secret of the manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. Students will use Mastercam CAM software and generate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) code while discovering how machining can control a range of complex machinery from grinders to lathes to mills and CNC routers. Most commonly used in manufacturing for machining metal and plastic parts and helps automate the fabrication process. A tour of the manufacturing lab at Rhodes State will be offered.

March 23, 2024 – Build and Test Electrical Circuits

  • Spark your electrical interests in this session. Students will wire up an industrial wiring project and use a multimeter to measure electrical values on the circuit. A tour of the electrical lab at Rhodes State will be offered.

April 27, 2024 – Mechatronics with GROB

  • Discover the interaction of electric currents or fields and magnetic fields alongside apprentices from GROB Systems, Inc. Gain firsthand knowledge about this multinational corporation focused on the production of machining technology machines, assembly lines and equipment from current employees.

Esports Tournaments
8 am – 12 pm on the dates specified below

Prepare to compete in a condensed version of our traditional week-long Esports Camp! Learn the importance of proper communication, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Specific focus on Esports, game mechanics, warms-ups, and training. Game to be played will be determined at the start of each session.

  • January 27, 2024
  • April 27, 2024

Airborne Ag: Drones & Technology
10 am – 12 pm

April 27, 2024
  • Take a look at a farm from the top-down using drones and other available imagery. Also, get a close up look at some of the precision farm technology that can help make ag more sustainable.

Summer Camps & Pre-College Programs - Registration Opens December 1, 2023!

June 10-14, 2024

Topics include: STEM, Autonomous, Artificial Intelligence, Esports, Art, Science, and more!




ALL CAMPS are designed to run ALL five days (TWO camp maximum per full day campers, ONE camp maximum for half day campers)


Microscope “I Spy” 
Discover a whole new world, sparking curiosity and questions through the lens of a microscope. Explore the basic parts of a microscope as you construct your own. Learn how to use a microscope and experience an up-close view at everything you encounter. What do you think you will see? What did you actually see? Join us as we venture to observe the world around us.    

LEGO: Super Structures 
Design and build huge structures. Build bridges, skyscrapers, lighthouses, castles, and tons more using your own imagination.  Knock them down, crush them and test the strength of the structure. 

The Doodle Den
Play, imagine, discover, create, and participate in an art adventure. Implement the elements of art and learn how to utilize each as you draw and sketch masterpieces in this fun-filled expedition.

Wilderness Warriors 
Explore nature’s wonders with experts in forestry, natural resources, and wilderness survival.  Experience bugs, critters, and plants, appreciate and conserve all that the wilderness has to offer.  

Half-Day Camp: $89

Full-Day Camp (choose TWO half-day options): $169


ALL CAMPS are designed to run ALL five days   (TWO camp maximum per full day campers, ONE camp maximum for half day campers)


Work in teams to create your competition BattleBot machine while learning the basic principles of engineering mechanics and electronics, including motors and microcontrollers. Finish out the week competing against your opponents in Rhodes State’s Battle Arena. Tour local manufacturing robotic facilities.

Esports Competitive Gaming
Prepare to compete as part of an Esports team. Discover Esports history, game mechanics, warm-up exercises, training regiment, and terminology. Learn the importance of proper communication, teamwork, and sportsmanship. At the end of the week, teams will compete in a gaming tournament that will be broadcast over Rhodes’ twitch channel with shoutcasters calling the play-by-play.

Animation & Virtual Reality
Bring your imaginative story to life. Learn basic 2D animation by creating a short flipbook story. This will transition to 3D animation where you  will learn how to model in Blender 3D software by using geometric shapes and sculpting tools. Participants will animate their creations in Blender, as well as virtual reality. 

Environment, Health, and You
Discover the “unseen” influences on your health. Environmental health focuses on the relationships between people and their environment. The water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we use, and the conditions in which we live, learn, work, and play have an affect on our health. Tour local energy and conservation facilities. 

Musical Marvel
Discover what it takes to professionally record music. Come join a group by playing a musical instrument, sing and/or produce musical recordings. By using digital audio technology (DAW) your group will record a musical masterpiece to share with family and friends. Tour a musical facility. 

Medieval ARTitecture
Design and construct buildings and sculptures based on the Medieval architecture of the Middle Ages. The designs tell the story of a time long gone, yet the influence of the architecture can still be seen all around us. Delve into the major styles of the period including: pre-Romanesque, Romanesque, and Gothic. Tour a local castle art museum.


Half-Day Camp: $89

Full-Day Camp (choose TWO half-day options): $169 


Each program is $129

 Robotics & Autonomous Systems: Intro to Robotics

Construct autonomous creatures while exploring basic robotics and the science behind the technology. Tour an Ohio test facility for automated and connected vehicles, and spend a day with the apprentices exploring the GROB Systems’ manufacturing facility. 

Advanced Robotics
Interact with college instructors in the operation of different robots in the Rhodes State College laboratories and prepare for the FANUC certification exam. Tour local manufacturing facilities to see robots in action. Earn your FANUC Certified Operator 1 Certification (6 points toward high school graduation).*
*Must successfully pass FANUC exam to earn certification.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Breakthrough

Create a baseball forecasting app and chat app by using a computer to make predictions and identify complex patterns and how computers can interpret language. Use no-code tools as well as previously written code to generate a variety of artificial intelligence applications. Explore machine learning basics by building your own teachable object. Tour a local manufacturing facility utilizing AI. 

Surgical Tech
Scrub, gown and glove, prepare and pass surgical instruments, gather and label specimens, view a surgical procedure video, and apply sterile dressings to surgical wounds. Learn cardiac anatomy and perform a cardiac stent procedure utilizing a virtual 3D dissection table at the Borra Center for Health Sciences surgical suite. Tour local facilities utilizing surgical robotics. 

Laboratory Secrets 
Practice forensic science through genetic analysis, use chemical processing to investigate handwriting, experiment with food science, and view chemical composition through unique 3D virtual reality technology. There will be a tour to a local facility to meet and see lab science technologists at work.

Introducing our Parent/Grandparent & Child Camp coming July 2024!

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Are you interested in teaching at the summer camp?

Contact Ashley Hunter by phone (567) 712-1747 or by email
Ashley Hunter
Coordinator, Youth & Community Programming
(567) 712-1747