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Kids become scientists for a week during camp

To kick off summer holidays WISE Kid-Netic Energy held two summer camps, which are part of Actua, a national charity that focuses on inspiring youth through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
WISE Kid-Netic Energy summer camp July 2015
Three campers show off their seeds during the WISE Kid-Netic Energy summer camp in Thompson.

To kick off summer holidays WISE Kid-Netic Energy held two summer camps, which are part of Actua, a national charity that focuses on inspiring youth through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). "Actua is thrilled that our network member Wise Kid-Netic Energy is delivering this camp with the support of Vale. It is critically important that youth have the opportunity to design, build, experiment and explore while discovering their potential through STEM", explained Actua CEO Jennifer Flanagan. 

The camps in Thompson were sponsored by Vale and they took place July 6-10. The two camps were held at the Ma-Mow-We-Take Friendship Centre, and R.D Parker Collegiate.

Each day had a different theme and was based around STEM. The 16 kids who took part enjoyed a how-it’s-made day, where they made sunscreen and built lava lamps, a chemistry day, a natural disaster camp where they created volcanoes and tornados, and a computer science day, as well as an agriculture day.

Participants were from Grade 4-6, and Kristin Herrmann, a counsellor for the camp said it worked out well for the city. “It’s sometimes very difficult when we have Grade 6 kids who know a lot more than Grade 4 students interacting, but we try to keep the activities to base knowledge level, so everyone can participate. This year in Thompson it’s been really fun.”