Former astronaut, Tech alum to greet Lubbock middle schoolers

Governor Rick Perry says Texas must double its funding in math and science education in order to stay competitive. Nationwide there's a push to get kids more interested in these subjects.

For one group of local middle schoolers this comes easy as they tackle topics like forensics and robotics.

Perry says focusing on math and science will lead to more jobs for Texas. He wants to put another $160 million into STEM academies, meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

A step in that direction is the first-ever Bernard Harris summer camp. It kicks off this morning at Texas Tech and aims to nurture the interest of bright young minds in math and science. Most of the nearly 50 campers come from underserved backgrounds.

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The camp is in honor of a Texas Tech alum who faced many challenges before becoming an astronaut with NASA. Dr. Bernard Harris was the first African-American to walk in space and will walk his old stomping ground later this morning as he visits Tech and the camp.

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