KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The loud pop in the corner of the room was the sound of cans exploding. Steve Siegel, a research design engineer at UMKC, was teaching youngsters about electro-magnetism with a home-made machine that exploded empty soft drink cans.
It was part of Community Science and Technology Night at a Kansas City Boys and Girls Club. The event was staged by SCOPE---Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration. The not-for-profit group promotes science by connecting people to educational, career, and recreational opportunities.
SCOPE filled a gymnasium with booths that offered inner city youth a hands-on connection to science and technology.
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