MINOCQUA - Equipment that used to help patients in the Marshfield clinic found a new job, with a new sort of client. Specifically, ones with fur or feathers.
The Marshfield Clinic donated an endoscope to the Northwoods Animal Hospital last month. Already doctors have used the equipment to save a loon's life.
"The Loon would not have made it if we'd had to do surgery because its a type of animal that is very fragile.... This procedure, we performed it with Dr. Franks and he was able to do the procedure, it took maybe 10 minutes, and the hooks were removed and the loon was released 2 days later."
Most animal hospitals don't have access to equipment like this. Dr. Theuerkauf is happy to have it. He says there are many times where an endoscope can save a pet from going under the knife. "Say it swallows your diamond ring. We can go in and retrieve that. Or a battery. A battery can be very detrimental to the intestinal tract"
Dr. Franks from the Marshfield Clinic is also donating his time to train Dr. Theuerkauf how to use the new equipment.
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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