ARDMORE, OK - When you think of children at summer camp activities like welding and crime scene investigations aren't the first thing to come to mind, but a program in Ardmore is offering just that. Dara Downs got a firsthand look at some of the activities.
This is the second year the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center and the Ardmore Higher Education Center have teamed up for Kids to Kollege, a program designed to integrate math and science into fun activities while also teaching career skills.
Forty-four middle schools students are attending the week long camp this year, where the 11 to 14 year old students participate in hands-on activities that also incorporate math and science skills from welding to cosmetology to looking for and testing evidence from a fake crime scene.
The Kids to Kollege program is part of the Technology Centers That Work initiative to get more kids excited about learning at a high level while also teaching them technology skills that could help them in future careers
Student Bethney Golden says the program has given her an opportunity to do things she wouldn't be able to do in a regular classroom.
"It just helps you see what else is out there in the world other than math and algebra. There's just so many different things out here," Bethney says.
This year students from Carter, Murray, Love and Marshall counties attended the camp. Organizers say they hope to attract even more area students to the program next year.