Summer camp teaches Ottumwa students engineering, science

Students practiced an exercise with Duct Tape Wednesday/KTVO

A group of Ottumwa students are well on their way to becoming young engineers.

For the first time, Ottumwa, this week, hosted Camp Invention, an Ohio-based non-profit that's all about science, technology, engineering and math.

Ottumwa teacher Breanna Hinmon told KTVO the week-long camp caters to grades kindergarten through 6th, and is designed to give students a head start with these subjects.

Students built their own alarm boxes, worked with plants and crafted items out of Duct Tape.

"It's a lot of team work,” Hinmon said. “A lot of skill building, creative problem solving, critical thinking skills; we're trying to bring more stem opportunities into the area for students, really about that technology and engineering aspect."

The camp was offered to 15 other sites in Iowa this summer. Hinmon is hoping to bring the opportunity back to Ottumwa next year.

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