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August 2010Vol. 1  No. 1

Quenching local stidents' thirst for knowledge


While many middle school-aged students spent their summer days at the local pool, those that participated in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Florida A&M University escaped the heat by diving into a fun, two-week adventure in math and science.

Campers delved into relevant topics such as sustainability, energy, clean water and robotics as they learned about exciting career opportunities available to them through science, technology, engineering and math.

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp was one of more than 30 camps FAMU offered this summer.   The camp was also featured in a Chinese newspaper.

During the camp, participants heard from former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris.  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 FAMU.

The campers had the opportunity to present their science projects ranging from the quality of bottled water to tap water, the water cycle and the fuel cell of an automobile.

One camper shared his enthusiasm about the camp.
“I enjoyed the labs because of all the hands-on activities,” said Brian Willford, a 13-year-old from Atlanta, Ga.  “It was exciting to meet Dr. Harris. I want to be a scientist when I grow up.”

Decatur Rogers, executive assistant to President Ammons for STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, said the opportunity the campers are experiencing is unique.

“FAMU was honored to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp,” said Rogers. “Not only did we provide these students with two fun-filled weeks on our campus and offered many students the unique opportunity to experience a college campus for the first time, we invested in our community by encouraging the next generation of innovative problem solvers.”

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