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UTSA offers Destination Discovery science camp for fourth and fifth graders

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(May 17, 2013) -- Science-minded students unhappy about the end of school may find joy in The University of Texas at San Antonio Destination Discovery Science Camp. The two-week summer camp, hosted by the Office of P-20 Initiatives, will explore chemistry and engineering through hands-on activities.

>> Destination Discovery is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 17-28, at the UTSA Downtown Campus. It is open to incoming fourth and fifth grade students. Register online for the UTSA Destination Discovery Summer Science Camp. The cost is $100 per student, which includes supplies and lunch.

During the first week of camp, "Crazy Chemistry -- What is Chemistry?," kids will learn about the scientific method and will use chemistry to make their own sidewalk chalk or create a crystal garden out of common household items.

During the second week, the camp's Junior Engineers will journey into the world of structures. Campers will learn about structural elements and how to apply technical, scientific and mathematical skills to solve problems. Ultimately, they will plan, build and test their own designs.

"While kids enjoy being out of school for the summer, it's important that they continue to use critical thinking skills,' said Rachel Ruiz, UTSA assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives. "This science and engineering camp is a great way for kids to explore STEM careers and be reminded that learning and fun can go hand-in-hand."

For more information about the camp, call the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives at 210-458-2769.

 

 

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