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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Campers To Nip Summer Boredom With Free Science Experience at NJIT

NJIT will once again serve as one of 30 locations for an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer. The camp will be held July 12-24, 2009 at the NJIT campus. Participants will include 54 middle school students from 45 schools throughout New Jersey. (See below, for specific towns.)

The residential camp gives students a first-hand experience with experiments, role models and innovative programs to encourage their continued participation in math and science courses in school.  Additionally, their leadership potential and citizenship skills are fostered along with their abilities to work in teams and think creatively, while spending two weeks in a college campus environment.  The ultimate goal is to raise their awareness of career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bernard Harris, MD, of Houston, is the veteran of two space shuttle missions and was the first African-American to walk in space. In May of 2009, NJIT awarded Harris an honorary doctor of science at the NJIT Commencement Ceremony at Newark’s Prudential Center.

“NJIT is excited to be part of this wonderful camp experience for our local students,” said Suzanne Berliner-Heyman. “We’re not only providing these students with two weeks on our campus, we are also developing the next generation of creative thinkers and inventors.”

Unlike most summer camps, there is no fee required to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. 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 educational camps at no cost.

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, 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, many practicing engineers are nearing retirement and not enough students are pursuing related degrees.

Students are from the following towns: Brick; Cherry Hill; Closter; Demarest; East Brunswick; East Hanover; Edison; Fair Lawn; Fords; Franklin Township; Hillside; Hoboken; Holmdel; Jersey City; Kearny; Marlboro; Montclair; Newark; North Bergen; Park Ridge; Parsippany; Paterson; Phillipsburg; Randolph; Readington; Rye, NY; South Brunswick; Teaneck; Union; Union City; West Amwell; West Orange; Woodbridge.

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the U.S.  The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations.

Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston with a mission to invest in initiatives to support education, health and wealth. 

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.