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OSU Hosts 15th Breakfast Of Science Champions

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Twenty-five students gathered into a physics classroom at The Ohio State University Wednesday to learn how science can be fun -- like what happens to a banana when you put it into liquid nitrogen.

"The liquid that is in here is very cold. It's minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit," explained a college student.

That banana becomes hard enough to pound nails.

The gifted and talented students from Ames Middle School experienced one of 12 labs offered Wednesday at the Breakfast of Science Champions. The idea of the program is to give 300 middle school students a chance to see science they won't see in their classroom.

"Use materials that Ohio State has that we might not have and to be able to just explore on their own, it's a wonderful opportunity," said Molly Beam, gifted and talented coordinator for Columbus City Schools.

But the students are not just there to learn what's inside of a computer or how a magnet works. Organizers are trying to take some of the fear out of going to college.

"So it is kind of a mysterious place so to be able to come on campus and realize, wow this is a place that anyone can be going to," said Chris Andersen, Director of STEM Initiatives.

Sixth grader Joshua Cook is already planning on going to college but said that Wednesday's visit was eye opening.

"Seeing how big it is, I am thinking like there is a lot of scientific things that go on in this, and I really look forward to it," said Cook.

Students get a chance to talk to college professors and take a tour of the campus. Coordinator Beam said she hopes the visit inspires the students to go beyond high school.

"I want them to have the perspective that they can really do anything, to follow their dreams and to know that yes they can come to a college campus and this is maybe a place where they want to go," explained Beam.

Currently the program is only working with Columbus City Schools, but OSU is hoping to include other districts in the future.

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