Chemistry camp sparks students' interest in science

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Some children in Jackson County are getting to play with fire this summer. But don't worry, these are controlled experiments. First Chemical Corporation and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are sponsoring a Chemistry camp to help spark interest in science.

The teens who signed up were eager to participate in every cool experiment, from flame tests to mixing chemicals.

"I love when the chemicals meet each other, it starts to explode," Marloes Booker said.

Booker came from New Orleans to take part in the summer camp. He said the science and research will help him get ready for those tough chemistry classes this school year.

"I have friends in higher grades who say that it is hard, but I have come here to prepare myself."

This is Terrine Packer's second year at the camp, and she said she loves the hands-on lessons.

"I just can't hear it. Instead, I have to feel it, apply, it and listen to it," Packer said.

The director of the camp, Teresa Dixon, said although chemistry can be complicated, the children need to know how it connects to everyday life. She hopes all this knowledge the kids learned here will also encourage them to pursue careers in science.

"Even if they decide not to go to college, they possibly can get a job at First Chemical Company  or Chevron," Dixon said.

Dixon said The First Chemical Corporation donated $5,000 to help sponsor the two week camp at Community College in Gautier.

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