New Jersey Institute of Technology will once again host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, a two-week, all-expenses-paid camp for bright students entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall of 2016. The camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports historically underserved and underrepresented students.
The theme of this summer’s camp, which runs July 10 – July 22, is “Engineering Your Place in Space.” During the camp, students will work on fun hands-on activities, experiments, projects and field experiences to enrich their math, science, technology and communication skills. The campers will attend classes aimed to enhance their problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills. Certified secondary teachers, university faculty and other professionals will serve as instructors.
The camp will be held on the NJIT campus and housing is provided in the Cypress Hall dormitory, giving the students an early sense of what it’s like to live on a college campus. Camp participants will be selected from Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson and Bergen counties, which are within a 10 miles radius of the NJIT campus. NJIT will accept 36 students — half girls, half boys — into the camp. Click Here For Application.
NJIT has hosted the camp since 2007. It is the only university in the New York metro region to host this camp and one of only 10 universities in the nation.
“NJIT is proud to be a part of a program that has such a significant impact on our local students,” said Suzanne Berliner Heyman, executive camp director. “We believe the knowledge these young students gain during the camp will increase their passion for science and math throughout their lives.”
Questions about the camp should be directed to the Center for Pre-College Programs at 973-596-3550, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.njit.edu/precollege. The center, the oldest and most successful pre-college program in the state, runs the camp in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation and the The Harris Foundation.
Bernard Harris, the camp founder, is the first African-American astronaut to walk in space. He’s a veteran of two space shuttle missions and a former NASA researcher. Today, Harris dedicates himself to his camp and to educating young people about the glories of science, technology, engineering and math.
Since 2006, ExxonMobil Foundation has partnered with Harris to host summer science camps at academic institutions across the country. Each year, the camps provide more than 1,200 middle school students, mostly from urban districts, with the opportunity to participate in lessons and activities provided by NASA and The Harris Foundation. ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corp.
“Our camp is designed to offer students of promise the opportunity to see what a career in STEM would be like,” said Harris, president of The Harris Foundation. “Through this experience, we are helping build the next generation of innovators.”