Challenger Learning Center Keeping Kids Engaged in Science Over Summer

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School is out for the summer! Well at least for a few more weeks. While summer should be fun for your children, experts say parents shouldn't let it be a break from learning.

The Challenger Learning Center in Tallassee is keeping kids engaged in science, all while having fun.

"I want to be a surgeon," 8 year old Cecilia Dixon told Eyewitness News.

She's a student at Buck Lake Elementary School.

She says she wants to be a surgeon cause she likes learning.

"I could keep my hands really still. And it seems really hard and I like doing challenges," Cecilia said.

Cecilia is enrolled in one of the many summer camps at the Challenger Learning Center.

"We have week long camps that are themed. They can be forensics. They can be space. They can be engineering. A number of different science topics that we really focus on in-depth during that week,"
Lee Chipps-Walton, a Camp Teacher at the Challenger Learning Center said.

Eyewitness News visited during Space Camp.

Students at the camp Skyped with an astronaut.

"It's the best place ever," Cecilia said.

The Challenger Center will hold a total of 11 camps this summer. They're open to Kindergartners through 8th graders and cost about $180 a week.

"Getting your kids involved in these kinds of camps can really help sustain academic skills or even improve them," Chipps-Walton said.

All of the children enrolled in the camps have access to the center's technology and equipment. Which, of course, means hands on learning.

The last camp will teach kids about Zoology. That will be held the week of August 11th.

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