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Brainerd High School students Tuesday got the chance to experience the ins and outs of the manufacturing field, while also playing with some toys.

Bridges Career Academies and Workplace Connection brought a sophisticated piece of machining equipment to the BHS south campus to show how parts are designed and manufactured.

Students got the chance to watch a video touting the wide variety of products manufacturers make, as well as the rapid changes in the field. They got to watch the office mill in action as it made parts for a yo-yo, which the students then assembled.

Senior Noah Peterson thought the presentation was interesting because there’s a lot of job opportunities available in manufacturing. He’s been considering going into engineering after high school, so it was cool to see the different ways engineering works with manufacturing.

Sophomore Dayn Meyer said the machining equipment seems safe and easy to use. He’s taking programming classes because he wants to program video games, he said, but it was cool to see how programming works with machining and manufacturing.