Spring break secret agents in Spring Lake Park

Mad Science of Minnesota came to Spring Lake Park City Hall last week to educate and entertain students during their spring break. Students became secret agents and astronauts in day camps March 13 and 14.

“Mr. Dude” taught a dozen students, ages 6-10, the secrets of the spy trade March 13.

Students used ciphers to crack codes, built motion detectors and more, all while learning the history and science behind what they were doing.

The favorite part of the day for many was planting a bug in City Hall to listen in on conversations. Though spying gave students a thrill, they were less excited by what they uncovered from the folks in the room next door, who knew the bug was present.

It was old people playing cards, said Dani Davis, 8, looking bored. Students said they would have preferred to overhear terrorists plotting something dangerous so they could be stopped or classmates talking about them.

By the end of the day, nearly half of those present wanted to by a spy.

Not Dani. “It’s a scary job. You could get caught, and you could get tortured,” she said.

But Joe Keneven, 7, was ready for the challenge. Scary stuff and bad guys don’t faze him, he said. “That’s why I have a dog.”

The following day, many of the students returned and some new students arrived for the program Rocket Blast Off.

Students learned all about model rockets before building their own out of household materials, using a paper towel tube for the body and index cards for the wings.

Earlier in the week, Spring Lake Park Parks & Recreation sponsored outings to the Wargo Nature Center, Pump It Up and Andover Lanes.

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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