UTPA's Got Intelligence? camp introduces students to unique careers
Contact: Lori Ann Prado, Intern 292-7311
Posted: 07/30/2008
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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.

Vicente Granado (left) and Evan Brough (right) tested the water in the Rio Grande River for the pH value.
"I think it's very important at this age to get students interested in the different career fields that are available to them, and give them the skills sets needed to be more successful in their careers, such as critical thinking skills and team communication skills. In addition, students have been working on their résumé writing skills, and presentation skills in front of groups. They've been learning a lot about government jobs and professions as well as other career sets that are available to them," Weimer said.

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