MINOCQUA - Most kids like to spend summer break fishing, camping or just hanging out.
But two Northwoods teenagers want to get right back into school in another country.
But they need help.
Two students at Lakeland Union High School only have 24 days left to meet their $6,000 goal.
Nathan Grebe and Steven Zhang are trying to raise money to join a three week summer camp in Beijing, China.
Their goal is to teach young children to read and speak English.
Just last week they started a project on online where you can see their plans.
Grebe hopes they will meet their goal.
"I've always been interested in China and the home life there. It would be really cool to go there." said Grebe.
"It's so big and I've never really been out of Minocqua other than a couple trips around the… Arizona and Washington D.C."
Zhang participated in the same Chinese summer camp last year.
But he wants Grebe to come along so they can share the culture of China with everyone else by filming it.
"Most people don't know a lot about it. It's just like China just seems like a faraway exotic, kind of alien idea to most people." Zhang said.
"Since Nate has never been outside the united states, it's his first time in a new country, hopefully documenting his experiences will give the average American a window to the world of Chinese culture."
They've raised just $520 so far.
Their deadline is June 14th.
You can help them achieve this goal by donating on their kickstarter page.
RHINELANDER - Building a robot may seem like a pretty lofty summer camp goal, but teens in the Northwoods love the technological challenge.
It's all part of a summer camp that's heavy on science and social interaction.
13-year-old Sean Timm says the eight day robotics camp at Nicolet College mixed the best of both worlds.
"I like technology a lot more than I do outside stuff," Timm said. "It's kind of nice to have technology like drones to bring me outside. It's really fun."
Camp Instructor, Mike Wojtusik has many years of experience as a technology education teacher and robotics advisor. He wants kids to see the importance in learning these skills.
"The kids are getting experience from a mechanical engineering side, electrical engineering side, design, prototyping," said Wojtusik. "We try and cover as much as we can about the whole entire system."
Learning about robotics isn't the only thing these students do. Some of them are also exercising skills they'll need in the future.
"I think it's a great experience for them to understand what really goes on in the real world as far as a career," Wojtusik said.
Certain careers that often require teamwork.
"Challenging part is working with a team because you don't always agree on the same thing," said 12-year-old Louis Malais. "When you build a robot you do the most teamwork than I think in any other job."
As their final project, students design and build their own version of a remote control robot.
They are required to work in teams to sketch a vision, make prototypes and design a working model with aluminum.
"It's not just you know operating a piece of machinery, it's learning how that machinery is put together," Wojtusik said.
Students are piecing together machines and building future careers at the same time.
"If I were to get an opportunity to do something like this in the future, I would definitely take it," Timm said.
Throughout the course of the camp, students were exposed to prototyping, brainstorming, modeling, safety and sketching.
The last day of the robotics camp is scheduled to be Thursday, July 28.
WISCONSIN - Mud, debris, and damaged property still cover parts of Northern Iron County after a storm ripped through there more than two weeks ago.
The lack of money to repair certain areas is largely keeping the rebuilding process from getting started.
That's why the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Iron County Tuesday.
It surveyed the damage because of its severity and the extreme costs to fix.
"Really if it's beyond the scope of local jurisdiction, and even the states that respond," said FEMA External Affairs Officer Troy Christensen.
Wisconsin Emergency Management currently believes the damage caused by the mid-July storm is around $38 million across 10 counties and Bad River Reservation. Around $15 million of that happened in Iron County.
FEMA relies on local government like the ones in Iron County to help it assess damage.
"They have sights selected so they will be showing us a lot of these sights." Said Christensen.
Those sights included multiple towns, Saxon Harbor, and crumbled highways.
This week Iron County gave its damage estimates to FEMA.
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