RHINELANDER - We hope to pass our values, dreams, and traditions onto our children. But we also hope we won't pass some things on, like credit card debt. Senator Ron Johnson says the government shouldn't pass on its debt to our kids either.
The senator visited Rhinelander today. He gave a presentation on economic growth at Air Pro. His talk focused on reducing the national debt by managing resources better.
"I certainly want to do everything I can to help convince the federal government to manage our timber resources more effectively. Right now we are just wasting out timber resources which is costing us jobs, really wasting the wood itself, as well as preventing federal revenue from flowing into the federal government. So hopefully we can turn that situation around. That can create an awful lot of jobs in northern Wisconsin," says Senator Ron Johnson, (R) Wisconsin
Johnson blames our economic problems on over-sized government. But he said Air Pro is doing well despite that.
"At the same time it is pretty encouraging to come here to a company like Air Pro and see you know this is a successful company and it is providing good employment to a number of people," said Sen. Johnson.
The senator also talked about reforming social security. While he still wants to keep the program, he wants to make changes.
"You have to be realistic, you know, life expectancy has grown enormously and that's a good thing, but puts a tremendous amount of financial pressure on those programs," said Sen. Johnson.
The senator does NOT want to change social security for current retirees.
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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