UW-L science camps offer kids hands-on learning

UW-L science camps offer kids...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Area kids have the opportunity to learn about science and math with some fun hands-on activities this weekend.

More than 70 middle school students are at the Girls in Science and Boys' Science Exploration camps at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The girls’ camp began 19 years ago and the boys’ camp was added years later. Organizers say that since then, both have only grown in popularity.

UW-L faculty, staff and students work with girls and boys, teaching subjects including math, outer space and chemistry.

"I think it's super important for students to get into science, especially chemistry, really early,” chemistry lecturer Eugenia Turov said. “People tend to be scared off by science, and I think the early exposure helps them be excited about it and want to stick with it."

"It's just like helping us learn for the next year we go into, so then we'll have better grades,” De Soto sixth-grader Jenna Harringtion said. “Some of us might even go to this college, and they might know us from the science camp we went to."

As part of the camps, students will also stay on campus Saturday night.

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