Most kids go to summer camp for swimming, hiking and crafts. One group of Wisconsin students is in camp for nanotechnology, stem cells and bioethics.
The WiCell Institute on the UW-Madison campus, is holding its first ever science camp. Eighteen high school students took a quiz to get there and are attending along with their teachers.
WiCell's Director of Operations Sue Carlson says the campers are incoming seniors who have an interest in biology related careers.
They're also from rural schools. Carlson says they wanted to help those students whose school may not have the resources to get to Madison and see first hand what goes on at a large research institution.
The camp "staff" is made up of expert scientists who are connected in some way to stem cell research. The students are getting hands on exposure to labs, and lectures in stem cells, bioethics, the business of bio-science and just about anything that might be helpful in planning a career.
No taxpayers' dollars are used to fund the camp.