The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a two-week residential camp that offers innovative programs to enhance middle school students’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while encouraging youth to stay in school and develop their leadership potential and citizenship skills.
The camp program is named after Dr. Bernard Harris, veteran of two space shuttle mission and the first African-American to walk in space. There are currently 20 camps throughout the U.S. with a total outreach of approximately 1,000 students. “U.Va.’s Engineering School is honored to be chosen as one of the universities to host this esteemed science camp,” said Carolyn Vallas, director of U.Va.’s Center for Diversity in Engineering and camp director. “We believe this is a great opportunity to generate interest in the math and science fields among today’s youth and prepare them to succeed in these subjects at the high school and collegiate levels.”
Admission to the camp is free to those who qualify. Young people who are academically qualified, recommended by their teachers and genuinely interested in math and science are encouraged to apply.
Students attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology, taught by faculty from U.Va.’s Engineering School and Charlottesville area school districts. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual/team/group projects, weekly field excursions and guest speakers who motivate the students into fulfilling their dreams.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are now critical elements to our nation’s economic, security and medical advancements in the 21st century and beyond. Preserving our nation as the world leader in these fields requires an investment in our youth today,” said Dr. Harris. “We are glad to extend this opportunity to the University of Virginia and appreciate their eagerness to support our program’s efforts in encouraging students to reach higher standards of achievement.”
For a complete list of campus locations, camp activities, student eligibility and selection criteria, and an application to the U.Va. camp, please visit the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website or contact Carolyn Vallas at (434)-924-0618.