Area teens dive into summer math and science camp at Tech - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/20/10

Area teens dive into summer math and science camp at Tech

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Local and area middle school students are abandoning typical summer activities to dive into a two-week math and science camp. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp gives students the opportunity to get ahead in math and science, meet inspiring role models and experience college life.

Through July 30th, campers will participate in "Escape from Harris Island," where they will build rafts from limited supplies and face off to test their newly acquired engineering skills. They also will participate in highly interactive demonstrations, learn about engineering and other science careers with ExxonMobil engineers and scientists and hear from camp founder Bernard Harris, the first African American to walk in space, a former Texas Tech University System regent and a TTU Health Sciences Center graduate.

Harris explained the camp exposes children to different careers that involve science and math, and promotes the idea that being smart is a good thing. "We want to instill in these young people the need to be prepared for a future where technology is king," Harris said.

Studies show that the U.S. is facing a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other technically trained workers. To help address this crisis, Harris and ExxonMobil are providing 30 free two-week summer camps across the country that offer innovative math and science programs to encourage middle school students to stay in school, develop their knowledge and foster their interest in engineering.

For more information, visit the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website, www.theharrisfoundation.org

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