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Students spring into science during camp at Hands-On Science Center

Chuck Mangino, left, one of the special guests during the Spring Camp at the Hands-On Science Center, teaches the campers the significance of Pi and gives them some tips on how to work on their memorization skills. (Courtesy photo)

Chuck Mangino, left, one of the special guests during the Spring Camp at the Hands-On Science Center, teaches the campers the significance of Pi and gives them some tips on how to work on their memorization skills. (Courtesy photo)

Under the supervision and direction of Bill Boss, science advisor at the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, students fly glider planers as part of a weeklong Spring Camp held in late March. (Courtesy photo)

Under the supervision and direction of Bill Boss, science advisor at the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, students fly glider planers as part of a weeklong Spring Camp held in late March. (Courtesy photo)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- A group of area students learned a variety of science lessons at the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma during the Spring Camp led by Olga Oakley, the AEDC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics coordinator.

According to Oakley, each day of the weeklong camp involved a new topic for the students.

“The campers learned about space, made slime, flew glider planes and interacted with the animals of Hands-On Science Center,” she said. “We also learned about nutrition and healthy eating. We had a Federal Aviation Administration licensed drone pilot, Werner Nowak, visit and fly a drone for the students. They really enjoyed getting to wear FPV (first-person view) goggles while the drone flew around outside.”

Another special visitor, Chuck Mangino, an employee at Arnold Air Force Base and someone who has memorized over 1,000 digits of Pi, spoke to the kids about how to work on memory skills.

The campers also learned about basic aerodynamics and made straw rockets. The group wrapped up the week learning about the Periodic Table and about the pH levels of different liquids that they use on a daily basis.

“We had a great turnout for our Spring STEM Camp and the students had a blast,” Oakley said. “The Hands-On Science Center has another STEM camp scheduled for this summer. We anticipate having more interesting visitors and we can’t wait.”