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CoperniKids' Event Overflows with Activities

Iceberg Jump, Crab Soccer, and Cookie Bandits Are Just a Taste of the Activities of UCR’s Science Day Camp

Program sponsored by the GSOE CoperniKids project has goal of increasing kids’ knowledge in science and engineering.

(April 3, 2009)

A student observes towers made of straws to be tested to withstand earthquakes.Enlarge

A student observes towers made of straws to be tested to withstand earthquakes.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Egg drop and cookie bandits are part of the extensive menu of hands-on science activities planned for CoperniKids Spring Science Day Camp on Monday, April 6th through Friday, April 10th, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The UC Riverside Graduate School of Education’s Copernicus Project is hosting the one-week science day camp during spring break at the César Chávez Community Center at Bobby Bonds Park, 2060 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501.

Students from the Riverside area in grades K-8 will be participating in hands-on science activities like Alka-Seltzer rockets, a mock archeological dig, a solar balloon run, and much more.

“The purpose of the CoperniKids Science Day Camp is to increase participant knowledge of science and engineering and strengthen their critical thinking skills,” said Kenisha Williams, community liaison, the Copernicus Project. The goal of the science camp is to increase the number of under-represented students going into science, technology, engineering and mathematic professions by providing an environment that cultivates the foundation skills and confidence necessary for the students to succeed in their academic endeavors.”

The week concludes with an awards ceremony on Friday April 10, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Kenisha Williams at (951)827-5915.

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