Did you know that during the summer months, many students lose what they’ve learned in school during the year? This learning loss especially affects lower income students the most. A 2007 study found that two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth is a result of unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate high school or enter college.
Bernard Harris, a former NASA astronaut and the first African American to walk in space, has created a free, two-week summer camp designed for underprivileged middle school students. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program will provide youth with a fun-filled setting for them to gain a deeper understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to promote exciting careers in science.
More than 1,500 students will take part in this year's camps and explore themes such as "Mission to Mars," "Revolutionary Robotics," and "Energy and Motion."
To apply, students must be academically qualified, genuinely interested in mathematics and science and be recommended by two teachers. More information about student eligibility, selection criteria and the list of cities/participating universities can be found at the website, www.theharrisfoundation.org.