Summer Camp Playhouse Raffle Begins

Seven female students involved in the “Dream, Design, Build” summer camp at Lenape Tech June 17-21 displayed their project Saturday at the downtown Kittanning “Jam on Market.” The structure – built by (front L-R) Lawren Yarnell, Katie Hartzell, Aubrae Latta, Jennifer Karafa, Rachel Stirling and Patty Selby and (back, L-R) Chelsea Cimbala, Ally Velcko, Madison Walker – is being raffled off during the next month.

Seven regional high school girls found their inner-construction worker during a weeklong summer camp in June.

From June 17-21, the seven girls attended the “Dream, Design, Build” summer camp coordinated by Lenape Tech CADD/Pre-Engineering Technology instructor Heather Simpson and Penn State Electro-Optics Center Education and Outreach Coordinator Colleen Smith at Lenape Tech.

During the week, students used 3-D modeling software (Revit), hand tools and machinery to create a full-size playhouse. They gained the hands-on training by working with Massaro Corp. (of Pittsburgh) Architect Alyssa Kuhns, Local Union #922 Carpenter Patty Selby – who is also and a carpentry instructor from the Greater PA Carpenters Training Center – and Local Union #230 Carpenter Jennifer Karafa.

The students also explored a variety of skills used in a wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.


A side view of the “all girl made” structure.

Madison Walker, who will be a student at Lenape Technical School this fall, was an attendee who appreciated the hands-on experience.

“I liked that we got to build things and we weren’t just learning about it; we actually got to do it.”

Knoch High School Student Chelsea Cimbala commented that “the camp helped to build my confidence using the different tools and I learned how important teamwork is.”

The camp was sponsored by the Female Alliance for STEM Excellence (FASE). The Mission of FASE is to encourage excellence in STEM among women and girls of the region. FASE creates and identifies resources for girls and women who are already interested in STEM fields and enhances programs that introduce girls to careers in STEM in unique and exciting ways.

HAVIN (Helping All Victims in Need) Executive Director Jo Ellen was excited to announce Friday that the house was donated to the county Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center and commended those that were involved.

Chances to win the 8-foot by 6-foot with a 2’ deck -one of a kind all-girl built playhouse are available for $10, but a news release cautioned that only 1,000 chances sold. The winner will be based on the PA Lottery Evening Drawing on Labor Day – Monday, September 2.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call HAVIN at 724-543-1180, ext. 3. The house will be delivered for free if the winner is within a 25-mile radius of Kittanning.

Tickets are also available at “Creative Dreams” in downtown Kittanning, HAVIN’s 2nd Chance Shop near the corner of Market and North McKean Streets and in the Armstrong County Courthouse at the Treasurer’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office.