Boy Scouts Have Fun with Nuclear Science

By Chris Earl, Reporter and Anchor

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - School is still in session over the weekend for some boy scouts in Cedar Rapids. But learning nuclear science can be a blast, as long as you keep your distance and keep your goggles on.

Saturday was the day for the Nuclear Science Merit Badge Camp at the Science Center.

Scouts got the course on nuclear chemistry, then put it to practice with edible atoms and molecules.

They even got to make things explode -- a chain reaction experiment with ping pong balls and mouse traps kept it fun for the kids.

The scouts said they were learning something important for their future.

"It generates a lot of electricity and stuff, and it might be needed more and more as we discover new methods to create energy," said Andrew Phelps.

Scouts who completed the camp today earned their Nuclear Science Merit Badge, but the free candy and explosions were a nice bonus.

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