CRANDON - Summertime means racing in the Northwoods, and one of the most anticipated events is coming up this weekend in Crandon.
Steve Barlow knows truck racing. The Pro 2 Racer is considered 'the godfather of modern off-road racing.'
He likes to describe the action coming to Crandon this weekend. "If you could ride the biggest roller coaster, the fastest roller coaster - and do it 100 times, that's what this race track is like."
Twice a year, the community of Crandon welcomes some of the top drivers in the country.
Keegan Kincaid is a Pro Lite Racer from Crandon. He adds, "this is the race that I look forward to the most throughout the season. It's coming to your home track. Your friends, your family, everyone that you know comes to this track."
This weekend, The Brush Run Races will feature 12 classes of sportsman and pros.
"Racing here is something that you dream about when you're a kid," adds Barlow. "And when you come here and get to do it for the first time, it's like no other race track you've ever been on."
The stands may be quiet now, but come this weekend, 20,000 fans will be on hand for the big event. The off road course provides high flying action for the whole family.
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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