Viewpoint Goes to Summer Camp – Sponsors PCC Robotics

by Sara Starwalt, Viewpoint Team Member

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Viewpoint believes that giving back to our communities is important to a healthy corporate culture and a responsibility of being a leading business in the Portland area. It was a privilege for our company to help sponsor the recent 2015 PCC FIRST Robotics & Maker Summer Camps at Portland Community College.

The event involved a 4-1/2 week long camp for high school age girls and culminated in a Luncheon and Demonstration to celebrate and showcase the AllGirls Camp and new Summer Maker Camps. The gathering on July 9 at the PCC Sylvania Campus involved camp participants and their parents, camp instructors, college faculty, and event sponsors who enjoyed a BBQ feast followed by a demo in the Machine Shop and a tour and demo of the MakerSpace (for 3D printing).

It was wonderful to interact with these girls who were so well spoken and excited about what they learned during camp. It was clear that they felt empowered by the knowledge they gained. It’s also great to know they earned 4 college credits for attending the camp, which helps expedite their college careers and helps ease some financial burden on the families, too.

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While touring the shops, it was fascinating to see how the girls – who had never done anything related to robotics and 3D printing as of their first day at camp – really dove in and were exposed to experiments and hands-on learning that simply isn’t available in their high schools.RoboticHandbyStudents---273-1

 

It was really inspiring to attend the luncheon and meet these girls, and I know I speak for Viewpoint when I say this program is essential in helping put women in the workforce by providing opportunities to learn new trades and skills for employment in Oregon’s advanced manufacturing sector.

 

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