Youngsters work to solve problems at zoo

Updated: Jul. 12, 2019 at 1:08 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Young people are helping to solve problems at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park while at summer camp.

About 30 kids are taking part in this year’s Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Manufacturing Academy of Science and Technology Camp.

This week students were asked to help the Watertown zoo figure out a way to stop flooding in the butterfly house exhibit.

Students then presented their ideas in front their families and zoo administration.

“Our group has decided on doing a rain garden which would solve three problems. It would one - attract butterflies. Two - help the majority of the flooding. Three - it would also help stop the ground from drying up,” said Caitlin Rushlow, camper.

“My favorite part of this is week is that I got to use a 3-D printer yesterday and I got to 3-D print a butterfly,” said McClayne Reardon, camper.

Next week, campers will be working on improving the bear and mountain lion habitats at the zoo.

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