Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Taking Applications

Texas Tech will host area middle school students in STEM activities.

With the help of an $80,000 grant announced earlier this year by Texas Tech University, around 50 middle school students will be able to participate in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp in July on the Texas Tech campus.   Applications are being accepted until May 3 for LAUNC3H 2010 – Discovering Me in STEM. This innovative summer camp will encourage leadership, academics, understanding, nurturing, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and heuristics through a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. The two-week camp offers underserved middle school students opportunities to engage in classroom study, experiments, individual and team projects, field excursions and guest speakers. Male and female students enteringthe 6th, 7th and 8th grades during the fall 2010 semester in Lubbock, Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Hockley, Garza, Lamb, Lynn and Terry counties are eligible. Texas Tech is one of 30 universities in the nation offering the camp this year. More information and the application are available here. Camp directors also are looking for counselors, who will be interviewed in May. High school students may apply to be junior counselors. Texas Tech students serve as senior counselors and mentors. The camp will provide 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 engineering topics.  Students must have an overall GPA of a B in math and science, and they must score at the median to superior level in standardized math and science tests to qualify. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, a former Texas Tech University System regent and a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduate, announced the camp at the 2010 T-STEM Best Practices Conference, hosted by the Texas Tech T-STEM Center in February. 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. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT:   Beccy Hambright, program manager, T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451, or beccy.hambright@ttu.edu.