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Rose-Hulman Hosting ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for Future Scientists and Engineers

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seeks to Motivate Next Generation of Innovators

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June 15 - 26

Rose-Hulman will be among 20 U.S. colleges hosting the 2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. This two-week, all-expense-paid experience will provide Indiana middle-school students background on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills needed to be successful in tomorrow's high-tech workforce.

Rose-Hulman will be the only Indiana camp location this summer.

Forty-eight students entering the sixth, seventh, or eighth grades for the 2015-16 school year will live on campus from June 15-26. They will participate in interactive, inquiry-based classes pertaining to the grand challenges for engineering, taught by Rose-Hulman professors, secondary school teachers, and STEM educators. They also will have opportunities to visit regional museums and nature centers, discovering science within the community.

Students may also get to work alongside former astronaut and camp founder Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, and other STEM professionals, including ExxonMobil engineers. The camp is supported by Harris and the ExxonMobil Foundation.

"Through hands-on activities such as building robots and testing space crafts, students have the opportunity to see how science, technology, engineering, and math are integrated with daily life," says Harris, president of The Harris Foundation.

The camp supports historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities. These students will attend the camp free of charge.

"We want there to be no limitations to students exploring their interests in STEM fields. We're looking forward to an interesting, fun-filled summer for the students, faculty, and staff," states ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Rose-Hulman Director Christine Buckley, PhD, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering.

A committee of the National Academy of Engineering identified the following grand challenges for engineering in this century: Make solar energy economical, provide energy from fusion, develop carbon sequestration methods, manage the nitrogen cycle, provide access to clean water, restore and improve urban infrastructure, advance health informatics, engineer better medicines, reverse-engineer the brain, prevent nuclear terror, secure cyberspace, enhance virtual reality, and advance personalized learning.

Rose-Hulman faculty members have woven some of those challenges into their coursework and summer exploration programs to prepare the next generation to tackle them on a global scale.

Meanwhile, the Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America reports that almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the addition of approximately 250,000 engineering positions over the next 10 years.

"The Bernard Harris Camp Program is a key avenue for students to experience STEM fields at an early age," says Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. "Inspiring today's youth to develop an interest-and ultimately pursue careers-in math, science, and engineering is critical to ensuring the next generation of leaders is armed with innovative skills to address the challenges of the 21st century."

Eligible camp applicants must meet the grade-level requirement, have an expressed interest in science and mathematics, have at least a B-grade average in science and mathematics courses, and have achieved a passing score on Indiana's science and mathematics tests.

View additional information regarding application requirements and camp-specific submission instructions. The application deadline is May 8, with students being notified of their selection by May 22.