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Ottumwa students get creative at Camp Invention

Students played with slime to learn about chemical properties Wednesday morning./KTVO

Ottumwa kids are getting a hands-on learning experience this week.

60 students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade have enrolled in this year’s Camp Invention at Evan’s Middle School.

The program was started last year by the Ottumwa Community School District to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Teacher Ann Youngman says the camp gets the students thinking creatively.

“What I love about this is that there’s no wrong answer. It’s what’s right for you and the way you make it work is the way you want it and you can try again, and if that doesn’t work, try again – you’ll be able to do it,” said Youngman.

Students have spent the week playing with slime to learn about chemistry and using their critical thinking to build different inventions and even robots.

Camp Invention will wrap up this Friday.

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