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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Students dissect, build, study and play in science trip


Courtesy of Laura Davies

Natalia Ashton follows instructions to build a computer during a trip to Anchorage as part of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program from April 17 to 25. Ashton and her classmates get to keep the computers they built.

They tested their abilities to follow instructions. They designed and built structures to withstand seismic activity. They studied the inner workings of marine life. They looked at sea lion poop.

Over the course of seven days, six students from Stikine Middle School attended the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

ANSEP began in 1995 as a scholarship program but has since become an educational program to help Alaska Natives follow career paths into the fields of science and engineering, starting in elementary school and continu...

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