Sentinel Career and Technology Center faculty and students are preparing for winter weekend camps for children in grades 4-6, beginning in February.
These workshops are for children to explore career options. Stations are to be set up for programs in public safety, building trades, electrical trades, collison repair technology and medical.
The first camp is 9 a.m.- noon Feb. 23. An additional camp is 9 a.m.-noon March, 2.
In addition to the weekend camp Feb. 23, medical technology students Magan Somodi, Ashley Perry and Kaitlyn Hoffman are preparing a tech prep showcase to target childhood obesity.
Those interested in seeing the presentation, "Fit Families for Life," can do so 12:30-1:30 p.m.
The presentation is to be made by Zonya Foco. Foco has a bachelor's degree in general dietetics from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified health and fitness instructor, certified speaking professional, clinical nutritionist and dietetic technician.
Also on tap
Other groups participating in the showcase are:
Collision Repair Technology: Participants are to learn the basic steps necessary to repair damaged metal into a "like new" piece of art.
Electrical Trades: Participants can learn basic electrical skills and the use of small hand and power tools.
Students are to build a light-emitting diode, in addition to designing a powered fan or set up a wind turbine.
Building Trades: Participants are to explore the safe use of power tools while building a toolbox. Once completed, the tool box will be theirs to keep.
Public Safety: Students are to learn the basics of mysteries and forensic science.
Hands-on skills to be learned include fingerprinting, color chromatography, handcuffing and more.
Medical technology: Participants are to learn basic first aid, and students are to leave with their own kit.
At the March 2 camp, participants are to learn about different instruments used in health care.
Foco, who regularly gives presentations across the United States and Canada, is the author of "Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go," has been on several radio talk shows, has her own 30-minute program, "Zonya's Health Bites" and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.
The presentation was prompted by a health assessment done in 2009 stating 13 percent of Seneca County youth were obese, 14 percent were overweight and 3 percent were calculated to be underweight for age and gender.
Medical instructor Sandy Reinhart previously saw Foco at a presentation in Utah. She said, "Zonya was so energized and made you think about what you eat and make it healthy."
Guests also are to be treated to a light lunch provided by the students made from the menus and recipes from Zonya's book.
Reinhart asks those who wish to attend the lunch and presentation to RSVP by calling (419) 448-1212 ext. 3130 by Feb. 15.