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Gateway to Science Earth Explorers camp brings together STEM and hands on learning for an educational and still fun summer.

Today, campers got to do a live webchat with a NASA scientist about the earth and how humans have helped the progressive changes throughout the years.

Excited and a little nervous to begin, but when they got the chance to ask the scientist questions, they couldn't stop talking.

Eight wide eyed students sat in awe.

"Being able to talk to NASA scientist is very interesting because he knows so many more things than I do," says camper Isaac Anderson.

The interactive chat was something that even the coordinator was excited for.

"Science camps are a little bit different then your average camp, but with science camps, you really want to teach them those concepts and it's smaller groups make it so they have more a one on one lesson," says Education Outreach coordinator Arin Casavant.

Casavant says Earth Explorers is one of her favorite camps because the activities are so interactive.

"So, they had to create a house. They were kid of a structural engineer, and we're going to give them earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. Kind of mimic those and see if it can kind of stand up," says Casavant.

Anderson says he doubts his house can take on any elements.

"The whole thing is basically built up on straws and the walls and roof are paper," says Anderson.

A self proclaimed future archeologist, Anderson says science camps like these are what make summer fun. Things like talking to scientists and panning for gold.

"I would really like to see some precious metals that I find," says Anderson.

Casavant says Anderson will get his chance to pan for gold on the last day of camp. The Gateway to Science schedule shows more than 10 other camps that children can be a part of this summer.


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