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One of the two groups of science enthusiasts attending an ACTUA science camp in Iqaluit this week. (CBC)

Magnets, soil sampling, you name it; about 30 kids, ages seven to 12, are attending free week-long science camps in eight Nunavut communities this summer

It's part of a science camp program run by ACTUA, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower youth through science.

Nunavut is a hotbed for scientific research, and camp instructors are hoping this will inspire kids to consider scientific career paths.

But they say they also incorporate traditional Inuit knowledge in the curriculum.

"We try to get an elder to come to each camp," said Stephanie Hill, one of the instructors. "Last week we were fortunate to have an elder come talk to us about plants, so she talked about the medicinal benefits." 

ACTUA camp

Students at the camp learned about pH levels, with the help of multi-coloured food colouring. (CBC)

Science activities at the camp include health science experiments, putting together electronic circuits, and building robots.

The camp also offers computer science workshops through a partnership with Google.

"It's all about encouraging youth to go from consumers of technology to producers of technology," said Hill.

The most popular experiment, however, was building home-made rockets.

"You get to, like, blast it off, and then see how high it goes, like see how far," said a smiling seven-year old Cymonie Kadlutsiak.

The Iqaluit camp wraps up this Friday. Next week, it will move on to Qikiqtarjuaq.