The University of Texas-Pan American Integrated Global Knowledge and Understanding (IGkNU) sponsored the second annual Got Intelligence? summer camp for 40 Rio Grande Valley top 10 percent high school students July 14-18.
According to IGkNU manager Nick Weimer, the camp is intended to provide students with a better understanding of the issues facing the United States national security, teach the basic skills required to utilize Geographic Information System technology (GIS), and improve writing and analytical skills.
Students participated in several activities, including a trip to Anzaldua Park in Mission on July 17 to test the water in the Rio Grande River. Participants incorporated skills learned during the camp for a simulation child rescue activity in the park, using only a Global Positioning System (GPS) and clues. Hidden in the park were two sandals, a notebook, eight stencils and sunscreen.
"I learned that certain animals can't live in certain types of water that has too much pH value and with the GPS you can track somebody if they're lost or something," said 16-year-old Beta High School student Vicente Granado. During the camp, several speakers, including an FBI agent, spoke to the campers about career opportunities available in their fields.
For more information regarding the Got Intelligence? summer camp contact Weimer at 956/318-5342 or visit the IGkNU Web site at www.utpa.edu/igknu