ACTC Summer Camps highly innovative for youth

By Portia Williams -

ASHLAND, Ky. — The annual Summer Camps at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) is an innovative and fun-filled way for youth ages 10-14 to continue learning during the summer break. The Camps are focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge and skills.

The classes are designed to encourage creativity, develop reasoning and teamwork skills, and foster innovation while providing exciting, enjoyable activities that promote learning, according to Chrisha M. Spears, CCT, ACTC Workforce Solutions Specialist Accelerating Opportunity Coordinator.

The Summer Camps are a delightful experience for children who participate, according to Spears.

“The kids who attend the camp have a lot of fun, this year it is more STEM oriented, we have a computer programming class, some science classes. There are a lot of exciting things for them that they may not have in their schools,” Spears said.”I work with the camp, helping with getting the children registered who attend the camp, advertising, whatever needs to be done.”

She said they work diligently to spread the word about the Summer Camps.

“We advertise in all of the local schools. We put the information in the libraries, so as far as parents are willing to drive their children they are welcome. We have children coming from Greenup, Boyd counties, and throughout the Tristate area,” she said.

Class locations

Roberts Drive Campus 4700 Roberts Drive (Building 5) Ashland, Kentucky.

Hover Craft- Design Your Own

Vehicle- Egg Drop Car

June 13 – June 17

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Class limit is 20 students.

Students will have the opportunity to design and build things they creat. Build and keep an air-powered Hover Craft. Defying gravity is the objective. Students will also build and take home your own car. The purpose is to build a super car powered by more than one source of energy. This can be one crazy looking vehicle. We provide you with many materials for that dynamic vehicle that you will build.

Also, you get to build an Egg Drop Car. The purpose is to build a gravity vehicle that can cushion a raw egg as the car holding the egg is dropped from a high height. Material is provided to cushion the fall.

In these three challenges in one workshop, participants will learn about Laws of Motion, Energy, Air Pressure, Friction, Lift, Speed and Acceleration.

Magnetic Levitation for Future Transportation

June 13 – June 17

12:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Class limit is 20 students.

Build your own “Futuristic Maglev” car to race and take home. In 1999 a Japanese five-car maglev train set a record of 345 miles/hour. Spears forewarned that the students take home cars will not go that fast, but assures they will have fun building it and learning how it operates.

Learn about the relationship between magnetism and electricity. Building a simple maglev track as well as a cool electromagnet will also be taught, as students can learn how motors work, as well as generators. Build and take home the world’s simplest motor.

Sciensational Workshops again starts with the Maglev car (magnetism – electricity – levitation) and goes in all directions to have fun and learn while doing hands-on activities.

3D Printers, 3D Pens, and Drones – Oh My!

(three classes in one week)

June 27 – July 1

9 a.m. 12 p.m. or

12:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Class Limit: 15 Students

Day 1 – 3

3D Print technology is here and may even be in your school. This beginner’s class on 3D printing will turn their ideas into reality. Learn the basics of 3D modeling and printing, converting images to 3D models, and critical basic concepts in computer aided design. Participants will be able to make and take their own 3D creations.

Day 4

3D Pens allow your drawings to take on a third dimension. Participants will learn the features and functions of the 3D pen and the proper materials and surfaces. Students can trace a pattern or create your own work of art to take home.

Day 5

Take a flight into the future with our Drones class. Students will learn flying techniques as well as safety rules and regulations as governed by the FAA. Participants can bring their own drone or use one provided for use during camp.

Python Programming

June 27 – July 1, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. 12:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Class limit is 15 students.

As computer software is at the center of all cool technology. In depth look at what is really going on inside of home computers, consoles, and many other devices. Computer programming is an essential skill in the 21st century and does not need to be difficult. During this week students will also learn the Python programming language. They will also wrote programs to solve homework problems, make silly stories, and even play games.

All ACTC Summer Camps are for ages 10 – 14. Registration is $135 per class. To register, parents can call 606-326-2130 or email

By Portia Williams

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT>

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT>