The Owensboro Museum of Science and History camps that kick off July 22 are a good way for area kids to take advantage of the Kentucky Science Center without having to travel to Louisville, according to Kathy Olson, OMSH executive director.

For the fourth summer, the OMSH and the Kentucky Science Center are partnering to present the School's Out Science Camps for students in first through sixth grades. The camps consist of three tiers -- Lego Imagineers for first- and second-graders; Masters of Disasters for third- and fourth-graders; and Amusement Park Physics for fifth- and sixth-graders.

According to Olson, in the LEGO Imagineers portion, children will build, design and engineer tools using LEGOS. In the Masters of Disasters camp, kids will explore and experiment with some of the most dangerous phenomena that nature has to offer and will learn preventative measures, causes and how to adapt. Amusement Park Physics will be a camp tapping into some people's interests of amusement park rides, with campers learning all about the physics behind them.

Olson said the camp is a great opportunity for students to learn from the KSC staff and exercise their brains during their summer vacation.

She said there is a bit of a "brain drain" that can happen during long breaks from school. A break is good for all people, but at some point, it's important to get children thinking again so they don't suffer major losses in education.

"It's important to continue to stimulate their minds," she said. "And hopefully some of the things they learned in school will kick in during these camps, and conversely the things they learn in summer camp helps them remember subjects in a way that's permanent."

Olson said the Masters of Disaster camp will typically fill the quickest and it's important for those interested to sign up sooner rather than later.

The camps will run from July 22-26 at the OMSH, 122 E. Second St. Campers may choose to bring their own lunches or participate in the free summer feeding program that takes place at the OMSH.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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