Saint Louis University has been chosen as one of 20 universities across the country - and the only one in Missouri -- to offer the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The camps for middle school students are supported by the Harris Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation.
The two-week, all expenses paid, on-campus experience, is geared toward developing leadership skills and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. SLU's camp, "Aerospace and Avionics," is designed to introduce students to the field of aviation and incorporates each aspect of STEM.
Students live on campus during the camp and participate in classes taught by university faculty, secondary teachers and local STEM professionals. As part of the interactive, inquiry-based curriculum, campers also enjoy the added benefit of exploring local museums, nature centers and ecosystems, allowing them to discover science at work in their communities.
According to a recent Harris Foundation study of camp alumni who are currently enrolled in college, 96 percent credit the program for influencing their decision to pursue higher education. Of those college students, 85 percent plan to pursue a STEM-related degree.
Bernard Harris, Jr., president of the foundation and the first African American to walk in space, has a vision for the future for the camp participants.
"The Harris Foundation inspires kids to purse STEM careers by providing them with hands-on science and engineering activities that help them sharpen their problem-solving skills and envision themselves in these careers."
Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, shares that vision.
ExxonMobil is committed to helping students strengthen their math and science capabilities," McCarron said. "These camps are one way to equip our nation's youth with skills needed to be competitive in an increasingly global economy."
For more information, contact William Perkins, Program Director for SLU's Pre-College and Student Access Programs, by phone at (314) 977-8693, fax at (314) 977-1023 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.