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CU Offers Wealth of Summer Camps

Cumberland University will host several summer camps over the summer, focused on everything from the fine arts to athletics and even CU's first-ever Summer Science Camp.

Rising sixth-grade students are invited to take part in the inaugural Science Camp, an exciting, hands-on summer camp to be held daily from 10 a.m. until noon, June 8-12 on the CU campus.

The five-day camp will include instruction in a number of scientific disciplines -- including chemistry, biology, physics and geology -- from Cumberland faculty members and student volunteers.

"Over the course of the camp, we're going to discuss a number of scientific disciplines and, of course, conduct some fun experiments," Dr. Sarah Pierce, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Engineering Science, said. "Often times, student interest in the sciences begins to wane in middle school, and our camp is designed to encourage scientific exploration and to work toward fostering scientific curiosity."

And the activities on the agenda for the first camp are likely to spark curiosity with a focus on education and a good dose of fun. Over the course of the camp, students will conduct glow-in-the-dark experiments, learn to make fossils and "slime," conduct a CSI-style fingerprint analysis and much more, according to CU Biology Instructor and Lab Coordinator Kim Atwood.

"Our entire department is excited about the new camp," Atwood added. "We plan to make this an annual event for all interested sixth-graders, but especially for local students who may not be able to attend similar camps in places like Nashville due to driving distance and travel times. We really wanted to offer a great camp that is convenient and accessible for families in Wilson County and surrounding communities."

Both Pierce and Atwood suggested interested students register as early as possible for the CU Science Camp, as space is limited. Cost is $75 per camper, with registration forms and payment due by May 15, 2009. Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt. All campers must have completed the fifth grade.

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