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Project Hope Teaches Science To Students

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--More than 100 students from west liberty middle school got a firsthand look at science today.

Its part of a University of Iowa program known as project hope. The idea is exploring the world of science.

"It's really intriguing."

Zachary Haskell says he's all about science.

"If you think about it, science is what started it all. Cave men, science, technology the wheel."

The west liberty eighth grader wants to major in bio-tech.

Thats why he's taking part in the University of Iowa College of Education's Project Hope.

"Hope actually stands for healthcare occupations preparations and exploration, said Saba Ali, Director of Project Hope.

It's a seven week program focused on promoting stem based careers in rural Iowa middle schools with a large population of minority students.

During the first six weeks of the program, organizers work with the students at their school.

"Then we bring them here for a simulation event which is what today is all about, said Ali.

The idea is to start small and maybe someday they could be building robots that perform surgeries.

"I never knew that I would be able to build something like a robot, said eighth grader Emma Martin.

From building robots to learning about cells and DNA these eighth graders say it's an experience of a lift time.

"It's kind of like seeing the secret code behind everything, Haskell said, and based on all the curiosity in this room the future looks bright.

This is the fifth annual Project Hope. Funding for project comes from various science departments at the University of Iowa as well as private funds from donors and community foundations.
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