High school students get hands dirty with science at Rutgers Summer Science Program

About 65 teens from across New Jersey are taking part in the Rutgers Summer Science Program this week. (7/9/14)

PISCATAWAY - A group of high school students are getting a chance to show off their science skills this summer.

About 65 teens from across New Jersey are taking part in the Rutgers Summer Science Program this week.

The program, sponsored by Samsung, gives students hands-on lessons in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.

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On Wednesday, they mapped trees downed during Sandy to help track the development of the forest. 

Organizers say it's a great way to introduce the kids to different science fields. "A lot of our kids come in thinking about medical sciences as a potential career path and we are here to show them [that there] are dozens of STEM-related fields they could become a part of that would welcome them," says Janice McDonnell, a science agent with 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers University.

Scientists and grad students from Rutgers help to mentor the students during the project.

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