RHINELANDER - A Northwoods woman spent the last two weeks with the Red Cross in Colorado. Carol Miller flew back home today.
Miller helped people in the Denver area. She was there with the Red Cross because flooding ravaged the state. She didn't see too much of the devastation first hand.
"Unfortunately I was stuck at headquarters but my nurses sent me lots of pictures when they would go out on their adventures to find out where the volunteers were and who needed some help or some supplies," says Carol Miller, Wellness Nurse Supervisor.
This was Carol's fourth deployment out of state. Each trip brings new challenges.
"This is the first time I've had to deal with people who've had problems with altitude sickness and I hadn't really thought about it until I got there. Then we had some very serious situations. One person we had to send home," said Miller.
Carol has been a nurse for more than 40 years. She enjoys volunteering but was happy to get home.
"It's always amazing to me when I go on deployments and how people from all over the States come together with one focus. There were, at one point, over a thousand Red Cross volunteers in Colorado," says Miller.
She signed up as a volunteer 8 years ago after Hurricane Katrina.
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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