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Media Relations Manager
Howard University Begins Science Camp for Local Middle School Students
to Math and Science Fields
Washington D.C. (July 11, 2008) - For the second consecutive year, Howard University is a site for one of the 25 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps across the nation this summer. The Howard University camp will be held July 6 – July 18, 2008 and has 50 middle school participants from the area.
The two-week residential camp offers innovative programs to enhance middle school students’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while encouraging youth to stay in school and develop their leadership potential and citizenship skills. In addition, camp programs expose students to campus life, improve their abilities to successfully complete university programs in STEM disciplines; and enrich the math and science teacher/educator expertise in science, engineering and technology. Together, the 25 camps will reach more than 1,250 students.
“Howard University is honored to be chosen as one of the universities to host this esteemed science camp,” said Lawanda Peace, Ph.D, assistant dean for the College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences. “We believe this is a great opportunity to generate interest in the math and science fields among today’s youth and prepare them to succeed in these subjects at the high school and collegiate levels. This is a fun and exciting summer as we develop the future scientists and engineers of America and also give them a first-hand look at college life.”
Unlike most summer camps, there is no fee required to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Young people who are academically qualified, recommended by their teachers and genuinely interested in math and science can be rewarded with the opportunity to attend these fun and educational camps at no cost.
The students attend daily classes in natural science, engineering, mathematics and technology, which is taught by faculty from the Howard University and area school districts. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual/team/group projects, weekly field excursions and guest speakers who motivate the students into fulfilling their dreams.
Repeated studies have shown that the United States faces a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other mathematics- and science-literate workers. Through numerous efforts, ExxonMobil is supporting programs and organizations that focus on improving mathematics and science education from pre-school through higher education.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are critical elements to our nation’s economic, security and medical advancements in the 21st century and beyond. Preserving our nation as the world leader in these fields requires an investment in our youth today,” said Dr. Harris, veteran of two space shuttle mission and the first African-American to walk in space. “We are glad to extend this opportunity to Howard University and appreciate their eagerness to support our program’s efforts in encouraging students to reach higher standards of achievement.”
For a complete list of campus locations, camp activities, student eligibility and selection criteria, please visit the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp website at www.theharrisfoundation.org.
About Howard University
Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering
Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African- American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call
202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu.
About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide, of which $70 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
About The Harris Foundation
Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose overall mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.
The Education Mission of the Harris Foundation is to enable youth to develop and achieve their full potential through the support of social, recreational, and educational programs for grades K-12. Through two primary initiatives -- the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp and Dare to Dream -- the Foundation encourages math and science education, motivates youth to stay in school, fosters youth leadership and citizenship, as well as instills the values of responsibility, fairness and respect. To date, more than 2,500 K-12 students have participated and benefited from THF programs. www.theharrisfoundation.org
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