Summer camp combines science and history


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A summer camp at the Hanna Center is teaching kids to have big ideas.

The STEAM SKOPE camp is exposing kids to science, math and engineering. The campers are  learning about African-Americans who used those subjects to improve our everyday lives.

Kids start the day at the Hanna Center in Lafayette with a history lesson about an inventor. In the afternoon, they take a bus to Purdue’s Campus where they get a hands-on lesson related to the invention.

Purdue Graduate Student Tamecia Jones said she wants kids to know they too can be a scientist.

“I hope they will be confident and that they will be willing to embrace the struggle that might come with learning something that seems hard. I hope that they will look for opportunities to use their ideas,” said Jones.

Today, the camp focused on Philip Emeagwali and his invention of the supercomputer. Campers then used laptops to create animations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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