Monday, 04 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
Hoping to find the next great scientists, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's Chemistry Department will host its annual Chem Camp June 4-8 and June 11-15.
The camp was started by Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Dr. Darrell Watson in 1992, and gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with Chemistry.
"It started in 1992 and it's a camp where we invite youngsters from our area to the university and its laboratories," Watson said. "Hopefully, it's a good time and it gets them excited about science."
During the two sessions students will investigate such topics as polymers, corrosion, metals, acids and bases.
"The participants get the opportunity to come up into our labs and do some hands on chemistry activities and investigations," Watson said. "They'll do everything from turning copper pennies into silver and gold, and then we will investigate acids and bases."
Both sessions are five days and are from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The cost of the camp is $110 and is for rising third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The sessions are also limited to 60 students per class.
"We are trying to excite these kids in a way that they will continue that excitement through their classes in school," Watson said.