Sienna Aitaok pours sparkling water and raisins into water bottles and waits for the raisins to "dance". 

It's just one of the experiments the 10-year-old is doing as part of a science camp offered by the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Although the research station is just being built and isn't expected to be completed until 2017, research and outreach programs associated with the station are already well underway.

Organizer Meaghan Bennett says she hopes activities like this could lead to a future career at the station. 

"Our goal is to have many local people working at the station so we have to start really early to get kids excited about science and technology," she says. 

Science programs

Students participate in science programs with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. (AANDC)

Bennett, who manages the research branch, says the station will offer high school and college level courses in addition to programs for the younger students. The current camps run until June. 

It's been about six months since construction got underway on the $142-million campus that will be a state-of-the-art science and technology research facility. The campus will have four buildings: the main research building, two triplexes to house visiting scientists and other short-term guests, and a maintenance building.

The station has a pan-northern mandate with the eventual goal of offering programs across the north, but for now the pilot project is limited to Cambridge Bay.