EAGLE RIVER - Mother Nature's impact on the spring sports schedule is not a secret.
It's now even effecting some summer sports activities.
Eagle River Speedway was suppose to begin the season today.
However, the opener has now been pushed back a week. Last weekend's cold temps kept the track in poor racing condition.
The new opener will now be next Tuesday, May 21st.
Whenever the season finally begins, fans and drivers will have more than one night to choose from at the track.
"We're not just racing on Tuesdays," says track manager Ryan Glembin. "We're also running on Sundays and one Thursday. We decided to branch out to attract more drivers. Also to give fans and drivers more opportunities to come to the track, than on a normal Tuesday night."
On Saturday, TNT Speedway in Three Lakes will have their season opener. Hot Laps begin at 6:30pm. Racing begins at 7:15pm.
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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