Lamar hosts summer science camp for underserved middle schoolers

This year’s theme is “Biodiversity: The Spice of Life,” and the camp has seen students exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
This year’s theme is “Biodiversity: The Spice of Life,” and the camp has seen students exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics. | File photo

Lamar University is hosting the 10th annual ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, which gives underserved middle school students hands-on learning experiences for math and science.

This year’s theme is “Biodiversity: The Spice of Life,” and the camp has seen students exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through activities like observing and classifying animals, building robots, and trips to the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

“Children are the future, and these children’s future can be brighter than any before so long as we help them start on that path,” lead counselor Eric Linares, a 22-year-old who participated in Lamar University’s first summer science camp as an eighth-grader, said. “This camp is designed to spark that journey and give them a taste of what they can do in the STEM field.”

The camp is a two-week residential program. Its schedule this year includes an interactive Skype session with program founder and astronaut Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space.

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