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Long Beach summer camp teaches science to homeless kids




Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Francisco Gutierrez, 14, measures the interior of a mock crime scene at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Students play with laser mazes at science Camp in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Students play with laser mazes at science Camp in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Fourth-grader Bryan Robledo designs a bridge during a summer science camp for that helps homeless children sponsored by Cal State Unversity - Long Beach.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
Sarah Aguinaga, a teacher at Belvedere Middle School, tells a class of young students about the science of reflections at a summer science camp.
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Emma builds a bridge out of gum drops and toothpicks during science camp at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
An instructor tells students about types of bridges they can build at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., on July 23.
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According to national statistics, homeless kids are nine times more likely to repeat a grade and four times more likely to drop out of school. Five years ago, a Long Beach professor started a science camp to try to change that.

KPCC's Jed Kim has this story from the first week of camp