April 13, 2010
This innovative summer camp will encourage leadership, academics and understanding, among other skills, through a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities.
With the help of an $80,000 grant announced earlier this year, 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, and understanding, among other skills. 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.
Students entering the 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. Download the application.
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. Contact Beccy Hambright for more information at (806) 742-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.