JEFFERSON — It’s time to register for the 2024 Ashtabula County Manufacturing Institute’s (ACMI) summer STEM camps.

The STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camps allow students entering the fifth and sixth grades to explore the county’s manufacturing opportunities.

New this year is a camp for students entering 7th grade on July 22-26. The theme will be “Future Tech: Explore the Engineering Academy at A-Tech, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and activities at Camp Beaumont. Students will learn about 3-D printing, laser engraving, welding, electricity, plumbing and more.

Families are encouraged to register their child early, as space is limited.

The week-long STEM-to-career summer camps allow campers will relate hands-on projects to tours of local manufacturing plants.

Students will participate in fun activities, visit local businesses and meet manufacturing workers — all in an effort to prepare them for the careers of tomorrow in Ashtabula County.

Students start camp in the morning, meeting at A-Tech. They then are bused to local manufacturing facilities, and return to A-Tech to work on projects, learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lunch is provided each day through Country Neighbor’s Summer Food Program or through Camp Beaumont on days students visit there. (Campers may pack their lunch if they choose.)

At the end of the week, campers showcase what they learned at a community celebration luncheon held at A-Tech, sponsored by Gazette Newspapers/Great Lakes Printing.

The ACMI summer camps are organized by the following partners: A-Tech; Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners; Ashtabula County Job & Family Services; OhioMeansJobs Ashtabula County; Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County; Gazette Newspapers/Great Lakes Printing; local Ashtabula County businesses; Country Neighbor; Camp Beaumont; Pentecostal Community Church; youthOPPORTUNITIES!, and the office of Congressman U.S. Dave Joyce.

A-Tech Superintendent, Scott Wludyga, said many campers return year after year because they had fun the year before.

“It’s such a great experience, thanks to the vision of the ACMI camp committee and the willingness of our business partners to open their doors to show students what is possible right in their backyards,” he said.

The camps will take place for three weeks in July, with themes of Mad Scientist (girls only) from July 8-12; Robotics and Automation (co-ed) from July 15-19, and Food and Agricultural Production (co-ed) from July 22-26.

Each weeklong camp has a limit of 25 students.

Camps run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays throughThursdays and from 9 a.m.-noon on Fridays, with the celebration lunch following.

To register, go to The cost is $30 per camper per week ($32.14 with processing fee), and scholarships are available, with details at the link.

Each camper receives a free t-shirt.

ACMI is open to students residing in Ashtabula County, and they may attend more than one week. To learn more about Ashtabula County Manufacturing Institute, visit

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