MCNAUGHTON - We can learn life lessons from parents, teachers and friends.
But have you ever thought you can learn from a horse?
There's no doubt McNaughton's Jonathan Brood loves horse.
He was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Upper Michigan.
There, he learned how to work with his first horse.
"Once I got into horses, really everything we did with that horse on the farm was wrong," said Horsemanship Director, Jonathan Brood.
"As we really started growing in my understanding horsemanship, you just kind of go well, we lived it was good."
Now, Jonathan teaches at Fort Wilderness Camp in McNaughton.
Every Monday he teaches leadership with campers by building trust with horses.
"Horses look for leaders. They have to be a leader. It's either it's going to be a leader or you are and they want to know that right from the get go," Brood said.
"One of the things we'll talk about tonight is the fact that we as people look for leaders too."
We deal with fear almost every day.
Brood wants some of the kids to conquer their fear.
"You'll have kids that are totally afraid of being on the horses back and as they've done you can say, 'see look what you've accomplished; what you've done with that horse'" Brood said.
"That fear just totally melts away."
Battling an obstacle can be tough in life.
Brood teaches that to kids by setting obstacles for the horses to get around.
"They have to get this horse to do it, do something. Well the horse knows that's the hardest thing to do so it wants to make its way around, but in the process the child is growing in its confidence." said Brood.
Confidence learned on a farm can be used in all of life's aspects.
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.
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