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Kids get hands-on experience with engineering and design

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It's summertime, and that means most kids are out of school. But not everyone is taking a break from learning.

About 60 middle school kids from Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, and Onslow counties are coming together this week to get hands-on experience with math and science.

It's a 5-day engineering camp at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College.

Kids are getting to build gliders, robotic arms, and even balloon-powered cars, with the help of engineers at MCAS Cherry Point.

"I think it's really fun, I mean this is basically what I do at home, I just build things. I love watching them succeed and fail. It's fun," said Armando Gonzalez III, an engineering camp participant.

This is the seventh year NC State University has offered the camp, along with Craven Community College and Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point. Children must write an essay and submit a letter of recommendation and fee to participate in the camp.

The goal is to get kids interested in one day becoming engineers.

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