Science camp a big hit once again

The fifth-annual Summer Science Camp held at Manitou Rapids once again has lived up to its billing, according to event organizers.
The four-day program allows kids from Rainy River First Nations to get an up close and personal look at how science works—and how it affects our daily lives.
About 15 children showed up each day to participate in a variety of activities, ranging from assembling circuit boards to building and launching model rockets.
“It was definitely an overwhelming success,” Adam Scott, co-ordinator of the band’s watershed program, enthused yesterday.
“The hands-on activities that were provided were a lot of fun,” he added.
This year’s program was a little different. Traditionally, the camp is a joint operation between Rainy River First Nations and the Seven Generations Educational Institute, but this year, the band went it alone.
They did, however, have some outside help in the form of a team from Ottawa called Education National Outreach Program (Hands-on), or ENOPH.
Brett “Boomer” Gorman kept the kids engaged and thinking with his mad scientist routine while, at the same time, teaching them some sound fundamentals.
One of the more unique projects this year was the skeleton of a horse that the kids assembled themselves—much like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. When completed, the realistic and life-size replica was quite impressive to behold.
Scott said the exercise was proof that kids today still want—and need—science in their education.
“It showed that science can be fun as well as educational,” he remarked.