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Last call for new local science camp for teens

Late registration and Financial Aid Available (deadline June 15)


A new science camp is set to launch in less than two weeks on the Big Island for teens entering grades 9 through 12. Science Camps of America will take the learning outdoors offering first-hand experience in an environment that ranges from beaches to rainforests to volcanoes to snow-covered mountaintops.

There are still a few spots remaining, and Science Camps wants to fill them by extending financial aid for those who qualify and register by Saturday, June 15.

“The idea is to get teens outside and into the field to truly explore science,” Michael Richards, camp founder and executive director said.” We need to find new ways to engage students and nurture their interests, and in this particular case, we want to focus on science because we have one of nature’s greatest laboratories in our backyard.”

Richards, a local entrepreneur from Kaneohe, said he worried his own grandchildren would become too preoccupied with using the Internet and social media and were spending less time exploring the world outside.

He called upon his past geology teacher Dr. Floyd McCoy to help create a solid curriculum for the camp. McCoy, professor of geology and oceanography at Windward Community College, immediately agreed to come on board as director of education.

The first session, Land and Sea, will be held June 22-July 1 and give campers the chance to examine volcanoes, geology, beaches, reefs and the ocean.

The second session, Air and Space, will be held July 1-10 and expose campers to topics including the atmosphere, weather systems, climate change, and the innovative technologies that address the ever-changing world.

The camp home base will be at the Pahala Plantation Cottages in Ka’u. Registration fees include meals and transportation to and from Kona or Hilo airport.

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