February 24, 2010
Written by Cory Chandler
The camp offers underserved middle school students opportunities to engage in learning about sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Texas Tech T-STEM Center has received an $80,000 grant to host an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp in 2010.
The two-week camp will offer 48-54 underserved middle school students within a 50-mile radius of Lubbock opportunities to engage in learning about sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual and team projects, field excursions and guest speakers.
Texas Tech will be one of 30 universities to host the camp that provides hands-on activities with a focus on space science. This includes learning physics with rocketry as well as the science of space. Also, the camp will focus on forensic science and biomedical and biomedical engineering topics.
Students must have an overall GPA of a B in math and science, and they must score at the median level to superior in standardized math and science tests to qualify.
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a program by the Harris Foundation, founded by Harris in 1998 to support community growth by focusing on the education, health and wealth of community members. The Harris Foundation inspires children to dare to dream through its educational programs.
Texas - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) is a major component of a Texas initiative to motivate and prepare more students for careers in STEM fields.
The mission of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center is to support educators in STEM disciplines by offering services and resources that support school districts and to teachers.
The center, created in 2006, has nearly $2.2 million in funding.