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Josh Curtis, 10, tries to peel the slime he created from packing peanuts from his gloves as part of a Science Central activity Wednesday.

Campers get slimy in name of science

Even with the week off school, students were working diligently Wednesday at Science Central during a spring break camp for middle school students.

The six students attending the camp passed ingredients back and forth across the table during the Ooey-Gooey hour of the camp.

Students put a drop of food coloring in a small plastic cup then added water and 12 to 15 packing peanuts to make a colored goo.

An eyedropper full of the liquid form of the chemical borax created a slime that was fun to play with, but difficult to remove from students’ latex gloves.

“I need to know how I can get this off, so I can make more,” Josh Curtis, 10, told Pam Lord, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Saint Francis and leader of the activity.

Making the slime was a nice change from the students’ earlier activity: dissecting a cow’s eye.

“This is fun,” said Natalie Blasius, 11, of the activity. “I like this a lot better than the cow eyes.”

Science Central is offering five camps, one for each day while students are on spring break, targeting spring break boredom. The camps are for middle school students ages 10 to 13.