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Energy Camp Blasts Off!

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NATCHITCOHES, LA.- It was a good week to learn all about energy - what it is - and where it comes from. Young people from across Northwest Louisiana got a look at the industry from the ground up - and had lots of opportunities to decide if the field is right for them. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton reports.

Welcome to energy camp! Where high school students come to NSU learn about the importance of energy in today's world--all the while, building the skills they need to pursue a career in this growing field.

As NASA engineer and guest speaker Jason Dugas is the key.

"Education is the absolute paramount ingredient for jobs in this area and what we're hoping to do with this camp is to inspire them to continue on with their education and not stop where they're at," says Dugas.

And so far...the kids are learning a lot!

"It's really important to find an alternative energy because eventually the non-renewable is going to run out and then you're stuck if you don't have any other tools," says senior student Nathaniel Dubois.

For instructors of the camp, they hope that what they're teaching these kids at energy camp, will continue on with them into the future.

"They are the caretakers of the world for the future and getting them acclimated to those types of topics and those types of interests can maybe spark interest in them to go on in that as a career," says camp instructor Willie Henderson.

The road to a successful science career isn't easy, says Dugas, but it is possible for any of these kids to achieve if they're willing to put forth the hard work...even if they're not sure they can do it.

"They don't think that they are capable and the truth is that they are, they just don't know it. and it took someone telling me that as well. I had to be told that when I was their age that, hey this is something you can do and it is possible you just have to apply yourself and put forth some effort," says Dugas.

But whether these kids one day work for NASA or not, this week.....they're having a blast!

During the camp this week students also took field trips to Encana Oil and the Shell Oil Field Office- both companies are sponsors of the camp.

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