ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp offered at UTPA
Contact: Joe Steven Eguia, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 03/10/2010
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The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp will be returning to The University of Texas-Pan American this summer. Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil announced that more than 1,500 middle school students will participate this year in the free science camps, which will be hosted in 30 universities across the country.

Rio Grande Valley middle school students who participated in last year's ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UTPA got to meet Harris,the first African American to walk in space. The camp will return to campus this summer.

"We're extremely excited and appreciative to have been selected to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp again this summer. This camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for our students in really creative scenarios that get the campers excited and interested in STEM classes and careers," said Camp and Conference Coordinator Claudia Farias.

At camp, students attend daily classes in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology, taught by UTPA faculty and secondary classroom teachers, who receive professional development training. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual, team and group projects, weekly field excursions and guest speakers who will motivate students to fulfill their dreams.

"Last year's science camp was a success. Forty-eight sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from all over Hidalgo County participated in the camp and have been returning to campus for follow-up events since last summer. This year, we plan to increase the number of campers to 54 students from Hidalgo and Cameron counties," Farias said.

The announcement came on the 15th anniversary of Harris' historic space walk on Feb. 9, 1995 while aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Since 2006, almost 4,000 students from across the country have attended ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps.

"The free, two-week camp not only gives students an opportunity to increase their mathematics and science skills with activities, experiments, projects and field excursions but also introduces them to a fun and engaging college life." Farias said.

For more information about student eligibility and selection criteria please go to For more information or to apply to attend the camp at UTPA, go to