2011-2012

WPI Hosts ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

This summer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be hosting the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC).

This summer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be hosting the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC). The camp will run from July 22nd-August 3rd. WPI is one of 20 camp locations that The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation will be sponsoring.

This two-week residential camp provides the opportunity for 48-54 middle school students interested in mathematics and science to develop and improve their abilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Students participate in the camp at no cost to themselves or their families. Campers will attend classes taught by certified secondary teachers and university faculty. Classes will develop problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills and incorporate biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering, technology, design concepts, and field excursions into daily lessons.

To be eligible to apply, students from Worcester and the surrounding area should be entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in Fall 2012 and be members of a traditionally under deserved and underrepresented populations. An overall GPA of a "B" or higher in mathematics and science as well as intermediate to high level scores on standardized mathematics and science tests is recommended. Interested students are requested to write a 250 word essay, describing their interest in the camp and STEM as well as provide recommendations from current mathematics and science teachers. In addition, an interview may be considered necessary.

Applications for the program are now available and will be due May 1, 2012. For more information and/or an application, please visit The WPI Office of Diversity and Women’s Program EMBHSSC page or The Harris Foundation.

March 18, 2012

 
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