"My dream is to be a professional basketball player."
That's a pretty common dream for a seventh grader. But what's uncommon about Max: he already has a back-up plan.
"I want to do something in mathematics if that doesn't work out."
That's why Max is at engineering camp at Northland Pines High School for the second year in a row. Josh Fuller has been running the camp for six years.
"I think the kids have a lot of fun, but we also do it in a way where they're challenged," Fuller said. "They're hands-on projects, they're building things, we're making them think outside the box a little bit."
Thinking outside the box prepares these kids for higher learning. The camp focuses on their STEM skills - science, technology, engineering, and math.
"We're trying to get kids excited about things we do at the high school that's STEM-related," Fuller said.
You might think it would be hard to get kids excited about going back to school in the summer. But they're actually encouraging each other to go.
"I'd heard about it from some seventh graders last year and they said it was fun," Max said.
"Word-of-mouth has helped this camp," said Fuller.
Now, Max can pass the word along.
"The kids here are always having fun and it's a great opportunity," he said. "I've just enjoyed it a lot, so it's a great thing to do."
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
HAZELHURST - You won't find any alligator-filled moats at an upcoming medieval festival in Hazelhurst. But you will get the chance to step back in time during the Northwoods Medieval Faire at Tommy O's Playhouse next weekend.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
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