Children First: Sparking interest in space science - KOTA Territory News

Children First: Sparking interest in space science

When the U.S. made it to the moon July 20, 1969, kids throughout the country aspired to be astronauts. Fast forward 45 years and the question is how to keep that momentum going?  The answer might be at a science camp at the Journey Museum.

The 10-week camp covers a variety of science topics including planetary science and paleontology. This past week the children learned about simple machines and pulleys.

Kimberly Rupley,education facilitator at the Journey, says the interactive activities at the camp spark kids interest in a number of science fields. "Being able to experience science in a different way and even a little bit more informal than a stressful shoot or classroom environment gives them ideas as to what they want to do," Rupley said.

NASA funds some of the camp, and their goal is always to expose kids to science in a unique and fun way. There are only three classes left, but kids 9 to 12 years old are welcome. Each class is Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Journey Museum. It costs just $5.
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