|Dr. Bernard Harris, a former NASA astronaut and the first African-American to walk in space, created the summer science camp in conjunction with ExxonMobil.|
This year’s camp titled “Fueling Great Minds for the Future” is a free academic program that provides activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to Hidalgo County students who will be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall of 2009.
The two-week, supervised residential camp will increase students’ mathematics and science skills, introduce them to college life, and stimulate their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.
“Careers in science, engineering and technology are in such high demand right now. We’re hoping to spark those career choices in their head early, so that when they get to high school, they will take more challenging courses and will be more prepared to go into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields,” said Jeanette Broshears, UTPA associate/interim dean of students and summer science camp coordinator.
Campers will attend classes that include problem solving, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, environmental and earth science, engineering and design concepts, and field excursions. Certified classroom teachers and University faculty will teach the classes.
Campers will live in Troxel Hall at the University during the intensive two-week camp. Parents are invited to come on Saturday, July 25 to visit.
“We want to assure parents that we have the safest environment for them, but we also want to allow students the ability to expand and grow,” Broshears said. “We have one counselor to every 10 students to supervise students day and night and additional support staff are available as well. They will return home with so much more confidence and their ability to believe in themselves will improve too.”
ExxonMobil in conjunction with Dr. Bernard Harris, a former NASA astronaut and the first African-American to walk in space, created the summer science camp four years ago.
To apply to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, students must be academically qualified, genuinely interested in mathematics and science, and be recommended by two teachers. Applications can be downloaded at www.theharrisfoundation.org. The deadline to apply for the UTPA summer science camp is June 8. There are a limited number of spaces available.