Science Camp Adventure

June 14, 2011

summer-campThe ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is being held June 12-24, 2011 at the University of New Mexico Campus, with the theme “Traditional Knowledge, Modern Challenges.”  This is a two week academic, residential camp emphasizing participation from underrepresented minority students to increase their skills in mathematics and science.  The camp will also introduce participants to college dormitory life and will work to stimulate their interest in science and engineering as potential career paths. 

This year, AISES has selected 48 campers from 18 tribal communities to be a part of this exciting program. Each participant was selected through a rigorous, competitive process. The campers will be entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2011 and have been recruited from American Indian and other communities across the Southwest.

On Wednesday, June 22, summer camp attendees will create space suit design samples using household materials and face off in a friendly competition to test their suit’s durability. They will be given a budget to “buy” materials including copy paper, aluminum foil, paper plates, duct tape, and more to make and test a durable sample capable of withstanding the impact of a simulated micrometeoroid. The space suit challenge is planned for 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.