NJIT will be the only New York metropolitan location to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp from June 30-July 17, 2008. Fifty-two area middle school students from 36 schools will attend. The two-week residential camp will offer innovative programs to enhance the youngsters’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while encouraging youth to stay in school and develop leadership potential and citizenship skills.
In addition, camp programs will expose students to campus life, improve their abilities to successfully complete university programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematical disciplines; and enrich the math and science teacher/educator expertise in those subjects. The 2008 program, hosted in 25 US locations, will reach more than 1,250 students.
“NJIT is honored to be chosen as the only program in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan region to host this science camp,” said camp director Suzanne Berliner Heyman. “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. This will be a fun and exciting summer as we develop the future scientists and engineers of America and also give them a first-hand look at college life.”
Unlike most summer camps, there is no fee required to attend this special program. Young people who are academically qualified, recommended by their teachers and genuinely interested in math and science can be rewarded with the opportunity to attend these fun and educational camps at no cost.
The students will attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology, which will be taught by faculty from NJIT and 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.
Repeated studies have shown that the United States faces a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other mathematics- and science-literate workers. Through numerous efforts, ExxonMobil is supporting programs and organizations that focus on improving mathematics and science education from pre-school through higher education.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are 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, veteran of two space shuttle missions and the first African-American to walk in space. “We are glad to extend this opportunity to NJIT 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, please visit the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website at www.theharrisfoundation.org. ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. Founded in 1998, the Harris Foundation, Texas, invests in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. More than 2,500 students have participated and benefited from foundation programs since they began.