Young Minds Hone Math and Science Skills at Texas Tech Camp

Hands-on activities quench local students’ thirst for knowledge this summer.

While many middle school-aged students are spending their summer days at the pool, those participating in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Texas Tech University are escaping the heat by diving into a two-week adventure in math and science. Through July 30, campers will delve into relevant topics such as sustainability, energy, clean water and robotics as they learn about exciting career opportunities available to them through science, technology, engineering and math. Former astronaut Bernard Harris and ExxonMobil have partnered since 2006 to provide the two-week residential camp free of charge to underserved middle school students at 30 college campuses across the country, including Texas Tech. “ExxonMobil is committed to engaging the next generation of creative minds, thinkers and developers who will keep the United States competitive,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of ExxonMobil Foundation. “By partnering with Dr. Harris, we are able to reach talented students and provide them with an experience that could lead them to pursue a career in math, science, engineering or technology.” Campers are taught by university faculty, attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology, and enjoy activities including classroom study, experiments, individual and team projects, weekly field excursions and inspirational guest speakers. As part of their educational experience, the campers also work side by side with engineers and other professionals who are accomplished in their chosen technology-related careers.  “Texas Tech is honored to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp,” said Beccy Hambright, camp director and program manager for Texas Tech’s T-STEM Center. “Not only are we providing these students with two fun-filled weeks on our campus and offering many students the unique opportunity to experience a college campus for the first time, we are investing in our community by encouraging the next generation of innovative problem solvers.”  For more information, visit the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website, www.theharrisfoundation.org Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Beccy Hambright, program director, T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451 ext. 251, or beccy.hambright@ttu.edu.