Kids Solve Crimes, Compete in Giant Water Balloon Launch at CWU’s Science Quest | CWU Public Affairs

By: Liz Baker
Posted: July 11, 2011

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University will spark the imaginations of children this summer by introducing them to Earth science, physics, chemistry and life sciences.

But kids won’t be sitting in the classroom. Instead, they’ll work on mock crime scenes, learn to investigate the “CSI” way, participate in a chemistry magic show and visit a bubble planetarium.

The week-long camp, Science Quest, will run from July 18 to 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and provides participants lunch. It’s open to students entering grades six through eight and requires pre-registration.

“Kids love this program because it’s so hands-on,” said Allyson Rogan-Klyve, Quest organizer. “Students get to participate in six activities over the course of the week and all of them are educational and really fun.”

Along with the planetarium, crime scene investigation and magic show, kids will also visit the CWU greenhouse and compete in a water balloon launching challenge. All activities are on campus and students will get to spend time in laboratories with actual scientists. An awards ceremony will take place on the last day.

To find out more about Science Quest, visit


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