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Published June 16, 2009, 07:42 PM

Students get a tast of college life at science camp

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's no ordinary summer for some middle schoolers who are exploring renewable energy and the possibility of college. About 40 students are at a week long science camp at MSUM, doing stuff like building motors and ovens! All the while getting a taste of college life, WDAY 6 Reporter Kelsey Soby has the story.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's no ordinary summer for some middle schoolers who are exploring renewable energy and the possibility of college. About 40 students are at a week long science camp at MSUM, doing stuff like building motors and ovens! All the while getting a taste of college life, WDAY 6 Reporter Kelsey Soby has the story.

A mix of wires, electric voltage and middle schoolers means an occasional shock, but also some bright futures.

This new, state-funded camp targets students who for different reasons may not have considered college before places them in the college environment and opens their eyes to science issues impacting the world.

“We were able to completely turn it in a different direction without stopping anything, just by switching the two wires. I thought that was pretty awesome.”

Besides building motors and powering lights, these energy explorers will also press oil from sunflower seeds to burn and learn to power hydrogen cars.

“Have had some start out saying I’m not good at science but then they’re really engaged in these hands on activities and getting different ideas of what science might be.”

Solving the nation's energy crisis is a big task for this young crowd which is why this week is just about revealing their potential.

“There’s a lot of literature that shows if you don't get interested in the upper elementary, middle school level it's hard to catch up with some of the math and sciences to continue with a career in science.”

This week they'll use science to invent, math to analyze and then writing and verbal skills to present what they've accomplished, shedding some light on just what they're capable of today and in the future.

The camp is also being held at MSCTC in Fergus Falls and White Earth College as well, all are funded through the state's college readiness program.

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