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Campers at the Mad Science camp in Salem react to some science smells from one of their experiments. (COURTESY)

Mad Science camps a chance for kids to learn while having fun

SALEM — While many summer camps offer a wide range of arts and crafts, archery, and swimming, there haven’t always been a lot of options for those kids who are more interested in protons, particles, and light waves.

Atkinson-based Mad Science is changing that, though, with its series of Mad Science summer camps throughout New Hampshire.

This week, one of those camps is at the St. Joseph Catholic School’s gym in Salem. Campers from ages seven to 12 are exploring different branches of science on the way to becoming certified Jr. Mad Scientists, according to Mad Science director and chief mad scientist Christine Latino.

During the week, Latino said campers have learned about how birds fly, bugs walk on water, and what owls eat as they learn about biology.

Engineering is not left out of the mix, nor is chemistry, as Latino said the campers learn about five branches of science during the course of the week-long camp.

“Mad Science draws kids who are really focused on science and who want to do hands-on experiments,” said Blair Bailey, a camp counselor at the Salem camp. “Mad Science makes science interesting and fun by looking at everyday life and applying things to the real world.”

Latino said that the camps also help keep young students’ brains sharp during the summer while they are doing fun activities.

“Research has shown that young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer,” said Latino. “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Mad Science’s summer camps or after-school programs can visit its website at

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