Nitro X Camp

Aug. 9-13, 2021
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Cost and registration:

Five days of awesome!

Nitro-X is a week-long summer camp where students entering grades 6-9 build, paint, test, and drive remote controlled cars. The camps are led by college and/or high school instructors and mentored by a variety of industry professionals, college and high school students.

Campers learn about how vehicles work, build their confidence with technical skills, work in teams to develop life and employability skills, gain exposure to industry by going on tours of local businesses and show off their new skills at the end of the week with a race!

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Information on this page adapted from the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence.

Students working on RC car

Learn technical skills

Campers get the opportunity to learn about careers in transportation areas ranging from Automotive Technology, Auto Body and Collision Repair, Medium and Heavy Truck Technology, Diesel and Heavy Equipment to Marine and Powersports by learning technical skills through hands-on activities and challenges throughout the week.

Student painting RC Cars

Paint car bodies

Campers work with industry professionals to prep and paint their car body using the same materials and techniques used in the auto body and collision repair industry. The car bodies are personalized by campers through the selection of paint color, custom paint designs and decals. At the end of race day, campers have the opportunity take their custom car body home as a souvenir of their time at camp.

Students touring employer

Tour employers

Campers typically tour three local businesses during camp learning about local transportation careers. Tour sites are selected based on local workforce needs and business availability.

Previously campers have visited sites including Ziegler CAT, Morries Auto Group locations, Luther Auto Group locations, Main Motors, Midwest Machine, Mills Auto group locations, Hibbing Chrysler Center, Ford of Hibbing, Ranger Chevrolet, Schwieters, Gilleland Chevrolet, Tenvoorde Ford, GATR Trucking, Superior Service center, and Kent’s Auto Body.

Image of RC car racing

Final race day

After a week of learning new skills, technical information, meeting new friends and touring local businesses, campers and their families are invited to participate in race day in which campers compete against each other to see who can master the road course, see whose custom painted car body is best in show and enjoy a fun filled day with family.

Many sponsors are invited to participate during race day through events like a sponsor race, bringing vehicles for the family and friends of campers to look at, and to mingle with campers and their families.