GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - They come from across the coast, 25 students in all from grades six through nine. And they all have the same goal in mind: Have a lot of fun, and learn more about science at Chemistry Camp.
"To continue their study of chemistry in the future and get them interested in it and to see that it's not a big boogerbear and will be willing to take chemistry when they get to high school," Camp Director Teresa Dixon said.
There's helpful guidance from volunteer chemistry teachers. The students have discovered a new passion. Shardae Howard is just one of those students that speaks volumes about the camp.
"I love this camp. We do a lot of experiments and it's very entertaining," Howard said. "They let us do everything fun."
Noah Williams is another student that raves about his camp experience.
"Well, I just get to learn about chemicals and all the reactions that happen," Williams said. "All the different things in science and this is just kind of my favorite things about school and this is what kept me interested."
Let's face it, some summer learning camps can be a little boring. This camp is not one of those.
"Well, it's completely hands on. We don't try and lecture to them or anything like that. They have a different book every day filled with activities and everything is hands on," Dixon said. "They do everything, the instructors are just guiding them. They get to make small explosions, crystals, polymers."
That's the formula for scientific success for student Stewart Moses.
"It's really fun. I meet new people. Actually learning how to use other things in science," Moses said. "We actually learned how to make homemade glue with just a tablespoon of vinegar."
This is the 22nd year the camp has been held in Gautier. It's sponsored by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and First Chemical, which helps fund the camp with a $5000 grant each year.