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Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College proudly announce the 3rd annual Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Summer Camps, sponsored by FMA, 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence (Bemidji State University) and the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (Mankato State University), for girls and boys ages 13-15:

Advanced Manufacturing Camp
June 23-26
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Anoka Technical College Campus

Biomedical Technology Camp
July 9-11
 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Anoka Technical College Campus

Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Campers also receive an I am the FUTURE camp T-shirt along with their projects to take home.

Tuition is $50 per camp, but interested campers are encouraged to personally request their camp tuition from a pre-selected local manufacturer, who will give a scholarship for the camper’s tuition. Checks from parents for tuition are not necessary.

“We really wanted to see manufacturers connect with their future workforce,” said Nick Graff, Anoka Tech staff member running the two camps. “The scholarships are one way for industries to show their commitment to investing in these student’s lives and their own futures.”

Students will be accepted based upon the content and quality of their essays requesting acceptance to the camps. Each camp is open to 20 students and we encourage girls and boys to apply as well as those who are differently-abled. Parents must commit to providing daily transportation to and from the college for each camper. 

More about the camps
With the success of past camps focusing on advanced manufacturing, the camp in July was designed to highlight medical device related STEM careers.

“We live in a state with so many medical device manufacturers it just made sense to have a camp that focused on some of the needs for that industry,” said Jon Olson, college staff and one of the camp coordinators. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Camp will give campers hands-on experience with: SolidWorks/CAD, 3-D printing, machine tool, welding, metal fabrication and industry tours. During the tours, the students will see how a product is made from concept to a final product and be active participants.

The Biomedical Technology Camp in July will give campers the opportunity to learn more about, and experience, the medical device industry in Minnesota. Campers will have a chance to be a biomedical technician and build a heart-rate monitor; and be a researcher and conduct a heart dissection and learn about products that treat cardiovascular problems.

The Biomedical Technology Camp will include tours of the Bakken Museum and a local medical device manufacturer. Earl Bakken invented the first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker and co-founded Medtronic, which he started in a garage in Fridley, Minn. to become one of the largest medical device companies in the world. The Bakken Museum also shows the important role, and inspiration, electricity has played in our society, from the book Frankenstein to medical device creation.

A graduation ceremony for students will be held the last day. Parents and other guests are encouraged to attend.

For camp questions and scholarship information, contact Nick Graff at

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