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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 throughout the nation for an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp from July 11-22, 2010.   This year’s theme is “A Toy Story: Motion On Earth And In Space."

Bernard Harris, MD, of Houston, is the veteran of two space shuttle missions and was the first African-American to walk in space.  On July 14, 2010, Harris will visit NJIT, first teaching in the morning, then speaking to youngsters at a luncheon.   During the class, students will design and build a straw and tin foil raft, then see how many pennies the raft can hold before sinking. It is based on Archimedes principle. 

 NJIT awarded Harris an honorary doctor of science in 2009.

ATTENTION EDITORS: You are invited to the Harris visit on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. while he teaches a class and at 12:30 p.m. while he addresses students. For more information , please call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3433. 

The residential camp offers 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. 

“NJIT is proud to be part of this extraordinary camp experience,” said Suzanne Berliner-Heyman.  “We’re not only providing two weeks on our campus, but 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 attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology, 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.

The students and their respective towns follow.

New Jersey:  Liam McCabe, Closter; Jenny Lee, Cresskill; Vraj Shah, Edison; Savion Simon, Ewing; Natalie Thompson, Hillsborough; Joy Jack, Hillside; Lauren Sullivan, Kathleen Sullivan, and Elliana Clermont, Jersey City; Jane Amadeo, Tanuj Desai, Darwin Recalde, and Sharon Reitz, Kearny; Justin Tang, Marlboro; Sahiti Seetamraju, Dayton; Aleah Butler-Jones, Orange; Leslie Templeton, Montclair; Sarah Acolatse, Nyzir Jeffries, Himaayah Agwedicham, Chariese Dean, Kaothar Oladoja, Oluwatobi Olajobi, Mercy Olajobi, and Mariamu Olumbe, Newark; Nisarg Shah, North Bergen; Rithika D’Souza, North Brunswick; Minsu Kim, Northvale; Abraham Duncan, South Orange; Bum-Shik Kim, Palisades Park; Jeffrey Okudah, Parsippany; Sylvia Basauri, Paterson; Erixen Cruz, Pennington; Melanie Williams, East Orange; Robert Stephens, Zachary Krommie, and Jordan Pettawy, Roselle; Kris Guru and Shaun Guru, Franklin Park; Benjamin Hsueh, Somerset; Dominique Toney, Stanhope; Daniella Carter, Landing; Jonathan Butler and Courtney Davenport, Teaneck; Jennifer Baik, Tenafly; Anuj Modi, Union; Nikita Patel, Wallington; Timothy Jones and Gerardo Salas, West Orange.

New York: Derek Cano, Bellmawr; Braym Diaz and Abdou Niang, Bronx; Cheyenne Hua, Bayside; Gloria Ngan, Hartsdale.

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.