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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp offers fun with a purpose

News Release — 7 July 2009

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Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, 817-272-3317, sstevens@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Forty-eight middle school students from the North Texas area will attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this month at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Bernard Harris, a physician and former astronaut who was the first African American to walk in space, founded the Summer Science Camp in 1994 and ExxonMobil became sponsor in 2006. Dr. Harris will be on campus with the campers July 28.

science campThe two-week residential camp engages students in first-hand science experiments and innovative programs to encourage participation in math and science courses in school.

The camp also fosters leadership potential and teamwork along with providing educational role models on the college campus. The goal is to raise camper's awareness of career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is the second year that UT Arlington has been host of the prestigious camp. 

 "We're not only providing these students with an amazing two weeks on our campus, we are also doing our part to develop the next generation of creative thinkers and inventors," said Greg Hale, assistant dean of UT Arlington's College of Science.  

science campUnlike most summer camps, there is no fee required to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Participants are academically qualified, members of a traditionally underrepresented population, recommended by their teachers and genuinely interested in math and science. All costs are covered.

Students will attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology taught by faculty from area school districts and UT Arlington. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual/team/group projects, weekly field excursions and motivational guest speakers.

Studies have shown that the United States faces a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other mathematics- and science-literate workers. A significant number of practicing engineers are nearing retirement, and not enough students are pursuing related degrees. Through efforts such as the Bernard Harris Science Camp, ExxonMobil is supporting programs and organizations that focus on improving mathematics and science education at all levels.

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of 30 U.S. locations this summer for an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. 

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