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YSI fun continues
Second week of camp offers education and entertainment
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Jim Tate passes around a piece of the coating on his Grasshopper for the YSI students to examine and guess what it is. After a few guesses, Tate told them it was made from cotton. - photo by Bethany Porter

The second week of the Young Scholars Institute was a big hit as students explored the theme of Back in Time. 

The summer camp for high-achieving students offered five days of different trips where the students learned about the past. This week, there were around 250 students participating in YSI.  

The trips for the second week included visits to Warren County Memorial Airport, Three Star Cinema, Gilley Pool, Tennessee Valley Railroad, Bridgestone Learning Center, and Fall Creek Falls. 

YSI teacher Mandy Blankenship says YSI is a great way for kids to learn and for teachers to meet some kids from other schools. 

“I’ve had a blast,” said Blankenship. 

At the airport, YSI students learned about a more modern airplane when Dr. Mike Roberts did a presentation on his N749MR plane. They then learned about Jim Tate’s 1943 Aeroncal-3B known as a Grasshopper. 

YSI student Hunter Fults loves airplanes and enjoyed the trip to the airport. Later that day, the kids cooled off at Gilley Pool. YSI fourth-grader Addison Colwell said the trip to the pool was her favorite. 

Students learned about Native Americans when they visited Bridgestone Learning Center. They were able to shoot bow and arrows and learned about how they used to hunt and gather. During this trip, students also traveled back in time to the trails the Native Americans traveled. 

YSI traveled to Three Star Cinema to enjoy a movie taking place in the past. Blankenship said some of the films the students watched were “Aladdin,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and “A Walk with Dinosaurs.” 

The students filled up on popcorn and candy while learning a little about movie theaters and were transported to the past while watching the movie. 

Students took a trip to the new and improved Fall Creek Falls State Park. The students explored the recently updated areas of the park and visited the Nature Center. 

YSI also took a trip back in time to a slower paced era when railroad travel was a way of life when they visited the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Chattanooga. 

Along with the many trips, students participated in a variety of different activities at the school and listened to different guest speakers between travels. It’s been a week full of fun, learning, and trips that took the students back in time.

YSI ends its second week on Friday.