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This group posed with a northern water snake during S.C.O.R.E. camp Monday. From left is Cambell Kline, her mom and camp co-coordinator Charlesa Kline, Professor Dennis Ferraro, presenter and herpetologist with snake from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-coordinator Kim Spady and her nephew, Will Ahlers. (Johnson Publications photo)

Hours of preparation paying off as S.C.O.R.E. camp hits mid-week

    Monday morning, 90 students grades 5 and 6 climbed on board a bus and headed to their first S.C.O.R.E. camp destinations.  
    “Our first day went really well with no problems. It was     a little windy but a wonderful day all the same,” said Charlesa Kline, co-coordinator for S.C.O.R.E. camp.
    The presenters for the different programs introduced the students to the categories of sciences in their specific area of knowledge, she said.
    “The kids were just as thrilled to be part of each camp activity,” she added.
    Kline noted the job volunteers were doing engaging with the students—and everybody actually.
    Monday’s science camps all had something interesting to learn.
    One such session, Tamara Cooper’s “Science of the Past,” let students get a taste of what an archeological dig might involve, said Kline.
    Cooper talked about the history of Chase County and gave participants the opportunity to dig into the earth in search of artifacts (actual artifacts were placed for this purpose) just like a real archeological dig.
    In this way, students could gather evidence and conduct theories of what the past in Chase County was really like, Kline said.
    “There are different fields of science. We want to expose them to the different types of sciences that exist and how they apply to many activities,” she said.
    “For example, kayaking can incorporate health sciences as  to how the body functions during activities and the law of motion in the area of physics,” Kline said.

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