CARL JUNCTION, MO.--- Science was the lesson of the day for more than 200 Carl Junction kids Thursday.
"I learned that if you're not careful, you can burn stuff and science experiments can be pretty fun," said Kalyssa Hagston, Carl Junction 6th grade student.
Missouri Southern Professor Michael Garouette and Assistant Professor James Donelson showed the students various science experiments.
"We tried to do some things that had fire explosions. We had flaming money. We had the elephant tooth paste," said Michael Garoutte, Missouri Southern Professor.
It's part of Carl Junction's science-based summer reading program called "Fizz, Boom, Read."
"It gets kids excited to read books, which over the summer we know if they don't read, their reading scores are liable to go down. Hopefully, with an exciting theme such as science, it will get them more interested in wanting to read books," said Stephanie Moore, Carl Junction Intermediate librarian.
Dylen Lehman says he enjoys being part of the summer reading program.
"If they know how to read, I encourage them to read, it's actually really fun," said Dylen Lehman, Carl Junction 6th grader.
Fun is what Garouette hopes these kids think of when it comes to science.
"At this age, they're ready to say 'well, maybe it's hard, but it can also really be fun," said Garoutte.
Since there isn't a public library in Carl Junction, the school's intermediate library is open to the public through June. There are daily activities each afternoon.
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