Two students from county attending science camp

HANCOCK COUNTY — Two local students attended a weeklong science camp at Purdue University.

Ethan Stump and Heather Hummel, both juniors at Greenfield-Central High School, attended the Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute at Purdue University, a one-week science-packed residential program offered to academically talented and gifted Indiana high school students interested in the plant and life sciences and science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

The purpose of the program is to encourage Indiana youth to select careers in the STEM disciplines, said Amy Jones, plant sciences recruitment and outreach coordinator in the College of Agriculture’s Office of Academic Programs.

“MASI cultivates an affinity for science and technology at a critical time when students are making decisions about their college major and, ultimately, their career,” Jones said. Her goal is to make STEM fun, interesting, and rewarding through hands-on laboratory activities designed to build students’ research and problem-solving skills, she said.