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Camp Curiosity gives new life to Hicks Park

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/15 10:27 pm Published: 2/15 10:25 pm

A small step with big impact. Students attended a camp Saturday at Hicks Park, the site of a double murder in September of 2011.

Our FOX23 crew went to the Park to check out why organizers say holding the camp at Hicks Park is part of a much larger life lesson.

Engineers at Hicks Park are teaching children about solar-powered hot water heaters. This is part of the first ever "Camp Curiosity," and organizers with the Tulsa Alliance For Engineering say it's their mission to give new hope to Hicks Park.

FOX23 spoke with program organizer, Xan Black, who told us, "I wanted to come here and do something good where something terrible happened."

So they've gathered more than 30 students, third through fifth grade, from Union & Tulsa Public Schools, joined by teachers and their families.

"I knew it would be fun from the start because all camps are fun," said Clark Elementary fourth-grade student Aaliyah Morris.

Saturday, the children learned about three types of green engineering:
        - a geo-science center with dinosaurs and fossils;
        - solar power and capturing the sun's energy from different sources;
        - and bicycle parts and re-purposing.

McAuliffe Elementary fourth-grade student Mia Rosalez told FOX23, "It's like really fun because it gives kids that love science a chance to actually learn more about it that."

Black told us their goal: "Our mission is just to stroke the fire of their curiosity and show them science, technology, engineering and mathematics in all of its realms so they see…wow there's so much here, I want to engage in parts of this."

Students told me they're happy to have the free fun learning camp on a Saturday.

"I’m having such fun because we get to learn about fossils and dinosaurs and how big they were and what they used to eat and what happened back then," said Morris.

Organizers say the lessons help the kids and give the park new life.

"I think it's just what we need to do, I think the citizens of Tulsa have to stand up and say you know what, we're going to go into that very place and make something wonderful for our kids," said Black.

Educators have laid out a banner of a Megalodon, or a prehistoric shark, that kids can walk across to show them just how big they were.

Between 50 and 60 feet they lived between 28 and 1.5 million years ago. Organizers will hold Camp Curiosity once a month at Hicks Parks through May.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/16/2014 12:40 PM
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It may be a public park but they need to give activity in hicks park a little time for the smoke to clear. I think it's disrespectful to bring the park into the limelight at this point in time. Show a little more respect for the families of the victims of the double homicide in the park. There are plenty of other parks.
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