WAUKEGAN – Designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a weeklong camp in Waukegan challenged at least 100 grade school girls to survive on a “new planet.”

The campers from schools in Waukegan and North Chicago analyzed the simulated planet’s soil, hunted for existing life, found ways to secure and transport water, mapped the landscape and generated electricity from wind, among other activities.

“It was super cool,” said 13-year-old camper Kamryn Bowers of Waukegan. “I totally think we could go there [to a new planet] sometime in the future. It was cool seeing what scientists would think and how they would achieve experiments and try to get there.”

Read the rest of Jami Kunzer’s article on the Lake County Journal