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June 24, 2013

Local camp aims to inspire future scientists

Fifteen middle school students got hands-on training with professors.

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“This is a really fun way to learn about science,” she said.

Cooper Reed, a sixth-grader from Central Middle School, hopes to learn more so he can use his science kits.

“I have tons of science kits, and I don’t know how to use them,” he said. “I want to learn more about science.”

He liked testing water quality and learning about pollution, and he was especially excited about the health sciences sessions at the camp.

“I may be interested in working in health sciences, so I want to learn more,” he said.

Ian Retz, also a Central Middle School sixth-grader, was interested in learning how the parts of a heart function.

Christian Chauret, dean of the school of sciences, said the camp’s goal is to pique the interest of young people, especially girls and minorities, into science-related fields.

“We have to nurture that interest when they are young, so they can take the appropriate classes in high school, and then hopefully return to us as students,” he said.

This is the fifth year IU Kokomo has hosted the Science Rocks! summer camp. It is funded with grants from North Central Indiana Areas Health Education Center and Community Howard Regional Health.

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com.

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