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Media invited to science camp excitement
Astronaut speaking to kids
A close-up view of a new science camp, a raft rally competition and a chance to interview astronaut Bernard Harris, founder of the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps, are just some of the activities in which media can engage during Media Day July 17 at Trine University’s first ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Camp takes place July 12-24 for students entering grades 6-8.
Dr. Harris, a former NASA astronaut and the first African American to walk in space, created the summer science camps four years ago with support from ExxonMobil to promote exciting careers in science by providing a fun-filled setting in which traditionally underserved and under-represented middle school students across the country can gain a deeper understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The camp is free to 48 boys and girls.
Dr. Harris will visit on Media Day to speak about his life and the importance of science and math education for young people. Amee Patel of ExxonMobil’s Joliet Refinery in Joliet, Ill. will also explain how her education led to an extensive career in engineering and science. Students will engage in a competition to build a raft that holds the most pennies.
Trine will also announce the availability of $1,000 annual scholarships for any of the campers who eventually attend Trine University. The $4,000 four-year scholarships for 48 students could total $192,000 for potentially at-risk students.
Media are invited to attend any and all activities. A schedule follows.
Picture slide show and project demonstrations in Ketner Sports Center---8:30-9:15 a.m.
Introductions of Dr. Harris, Amee Patel from ExxonMobil and Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, followed by the Raft Rally with Dr. Harris and Ms. Patel as judges and announcement of the competition winner in Hershey Hall—9:15-10:20 a.m.
Students rotate through three sessions in a wrap-up educational discussion of the Raft Rally, with question-and-answer sessions by Dr. Harris and Ms. Patel in Hershey Hall—10:30-11:30
Individual interviews with Dr. Harris in Hershey Hall—11:30 a.m.-noon.