(Alexandria, MN) If it has to do with kids, Alexandria Public Schools Technology Integration Specialist Lukas Gotto is on board. He has been a part of a program in its second summer for kids in the district called MakerCamp. It's one of the many offerings from Alexandria Public School's Community Education.
Inspired by some friends in the Minnewaska school district Lukas began the program last summer. This year was a little different because of the additional restrictions placed in place because of COVID-19; however the premise is still the same. The goal of the MakerCamp is for students to build things, spend time outdoors and help the community through some type of service learning project. Kids in grades 2nd through 7th were able to participate. Lukas broke that down into a group of 2nd-4th graders for the morning session and 5th - 7th graders in the afternoon.
This year's project was a 20 foot walking bridge in the woods to the west of Discovery Middle School. Lukas has been a part of creating others in that area in the past. He located another low-lying area that this year's students could help make more accessible by making a bridge. The students also made some wood duck houses.
The projects relied on more than just the energy of some ambitious young people. Community partners Contech supplied the steel, Hilltop Lumber supplied the wood and Viking Sportsmen, Pheasants Forever and District 206 all contributed to the helping make it possible.
Lukas joined KXRA's Openline on Friday, August 7th to talk about MakerCamp. (AUDIO BELOW)