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Indiana Middle-School Students Experiencing STEM Adventures on Campus in ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Summer Camp

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Students filtering water using sand and rocks.

Exploring Science Interests: Youths used plastic bottles to create their own water purification systems in one of the many activities during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Rose-Hulman. (Photo by Bryan Cantwell)

Middle-school students from across Indiana are exploring their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while participating in fun-filled activities on campus at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp through June 26.

Youths are experiencing a variety of hands-on activities, including lessons in forensic chemistry, cybersecurity, 3D printing, water purification, and robotics.

"We want to show the kids that learning about STEM subjects is awesome," says Executive Camp Director Christine Buckley, PhD, an associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering at Rose-Hulman

This is the first time that Rose-Hulman has hosted the two-week camp, founded by former astronaut Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space. He is scheduled to oversee the camp's Mars Lander Challenge on June 22.

The camp is free to 48 students from groups underrepresented in STEM career fields, and who have shown a strong interest and ability in STEM subjects at their schools. Students have come from several areas throughout Indiana, including Indianapolis, Evansville, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Gary, South Bend, and Muncie.