ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Coming to Texas Tech

Free camp hosted by Texas Tech’s IDEAL is open for middle school students.

As part of the university-wide effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) invites students to apply for the ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

Hosted by Texas Tech University, this year’s camp theme is “Mind Blown,” and participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in curriculum that focuses on the impact of wind energy across the globe during this 10-day residential summer science academy.

Created by The Harris Foundation, the prestigious camp is free for middle school students entering the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to give them the opportunity to immerse themselves in STEM field learning. Participants will live on campus, meet students from across the region and will be provided with hands-on learning and top quality research.

The camp will begin July 6 and continue through July 17 on Texas Tech’s campus in Lubbock, Texas. Applicants can contact IDEAL for more information. The application deadline is Friday (May 30).

“Through this camp, we hope to help students recognize their potential and prepare them for the evolving world in STEM fields,” said Isaac Flores, interim assistant director for IDEAL. “Students should be excited about the energy, innovation and creativity that they will experience and participate in throughout the duration of this camp.”

Founder Bernard Harris created the foundation to “empower individuals…to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.”

Harris, an alumnus of Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center and former Board of Regents member, is an important advocate for the STEM fields. Widely known as the first African-American to walk in space, Harris worked as an astronaut at NASA for ten years, clocking in more than 438 hours and over 7.2 million miles traveled in space. Harris also has experience in the medical field, working at the Mayo Clinic, Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, NASA and Baylor College of Medicine. Harris received his medical degree from Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center.

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CONTACT: Mari Samarripas, section coordinator, Office of Community Engagement, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-7017 or maricruz.samarripas@ttu.edu.