"I bought a biology textbook off of eBay, and I'm done with it. Read it cover to cover, and it's a thousand pages," says camp attendee Guna Yarmareddy.
The 11-year-old is participating in this year's ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp at UALR with 46 of the brightest students from around the state.
"I like this stuff. I like this stuff," he says.
"Stuff" like building a better spacesuit.
"Since the heavier it is, the more absorbent it is, because of all the kinetic energy," he explains.
Stacking plastics to make mini meteor resistant material.
"It's an opportunity to do new things, go outside the box," says Engineering Recruiting Director Vernard Henley. He says the purpose of the two-week program is to get students interested in Science, Math and Engineering. "They'll go to class, just like college students. They have labs, all the math classes, all the technology classes are hands on."
"I'm learning a bunch of new Science and some Math, says camp attendee Johannah Branch.
"I like the classes. I like the group activities." says attendee Grace Stewart.
"I like Math, but I like to blow things up, too," Johannah says.
"Our Physical Science teacher likes to burn things. I find it very fun," says Guna.
They're all taking lessons out of today's textbooks.
"It's okay to be a nerd," Hanley says.