Former Astronaut to Address Science Camp Participants

Texas Tech alumnus Bernard Harris will speak to middle school students via Skype.

Bernard A. Harris

WHAT:           ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Media Day

WHEN:           8:45-11:30 a.m., Wednesday (July 16)

WHERE:         Frazier Alumni Pavillion, 2606 Red Raider Ave, Lubbock

Former astronaut, known as the first African-American to walk in space, Bernard Harris is a well-known STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field professional who believes that “education and effort will allow anyone to meet any challenge in life, inspiring others to reach for the stars.”

Harris, an alumnus of Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center and former Board of Regents member, will share his belief in the importance of education via Skype on Wednesday (July 16) at Frazier Alumni Pavillion for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC), hosted by Texas Tech’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL).

Students from last years camp had a hands on experience when it came to science.

Created by The Harris Foundation, the prestigious, science camp enables middle school students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to immerse themselves in activities, experiments, projects and field experiments in the STEM fields. Texas Tech was selected as one of the 20 universities in the country to host EMBHSSC.

Throughout the two-week camp, students have participated in various activities on the Texas Tech campus and around the Lubbock area, including the Reese Technology Center, Texas Tech’s Rawls Golf Course, American Wind Power Center and Museum and Joyland Amusement Park. Keeping the focus on wind energy, students have learned about wind engineering and why the development of clean energy sources is important.

In addition to Harris speaking on Wednesday, students will also participate in a NASA touchdown activity challenge with St. Louis University via Skype. Students will design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect “astronauts” when they land, using paper, straws, a plastic cup and mini-marshmallows, to teach the importance of shock-absorption when landing.

*Media are invited to attend other events throughout the day.
See EMBHSSC Full Schedule 2014 for list of events.

If attending, please confirm your attendance beforehand with Isaac Flores, camp director and interim assistant director of IDEAL.

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CONTACT:  Isaac Flores, interim assistant director, IDEAL, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2420 or ike.flores@ttu.edu.