ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN)  —  A "Mission to Mars" is the theme for Murray State College’s STEM Academy Camp this year offered for 8th and 9th graders.

Week one of the camp kicked off at the Ardmore campus Monday.

Each day of camp is centered around a specific task simulating the preparation of a trip to Mars. The camp also helps show kids from small Oklahoma towns that a college education can be possible.

“I want to be an engineer, so being able to do a lot of hands-on stuff, being able to have problem-solving and critical thinking skills is basically the idea of that profession," said 9th grader Abigail Oblander.  "It’s just a place where you can learn more than school can teach you, because I go to a really tiny school where they don’t offer a lot.”

Week two of the camp starts next Monday at Murray State's Tishomingo campus, with several spots still available.

For more information you can contact: Wes Reddish, Director 580-387-7502 or Don Loving, Co-Director 580-319-0323 or email [email protected].