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Three-day camp offers hands-on activities for sixth- through ninth-graders

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To sign up a sixth- through ninth-grader for the 2010 Summer Science Spree at Colorado Northwestern Community College, call Kellie Dippel at 824-1147 or e-mail her at

With a grant from the El Pomar Foundation and support from Mesa State College, Colorado Northwestern Community College will offer its annual Science Spree camp next week, focusing on energy sources.

Students will learn firsthand where energy comes from and how to use it.

Sixth- through ninth-graders can still sign up for the free three-day science camp by calling 824-1147 or e-mailing

Kellie Dippel, CNCC extended learning and concurrent enrollment director, said the camp will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the college.

Dippel expects 25 to 30 students to participate this year.

The first two days of the camp will feature workshops put on by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's RnE2EW traveling program.

"There will be a lot of hands-on presentation on what energy is and how it's generated into electricity," Dippel said.

She said in the past, children have made kites, solar-powered cars and windmill models.

Wednesday, a representative from Chevron will discuss new geothermal energy development at the new CNCC campus on the west side of Craig.

The group will then get a tour of the Chevron drilling site as well as tours of Tri-State Generation & Transmission's Craig Station and

Trapper Mine.

"It's not just green energy," Dippel said of the camp. "It's just what energy is and what are the sources. That would include green energy but also advances in coal and oil."

Dippel said students who are homeschooled or attend public or private schools are all welcome to the program.

"I think a lot of students are looking for something to do academically this summer," Dippel said. "Not all students are sports-oriented. Some want to do things that expand them on a different level. They want to do hands-on activities and work with adults that are knowledgeable in a content area. This gives them that opportunity."

Dippel said there will be many adults on hand to supervise and help children problem solve. Lunch and snacks are provided.