Calling Underserved Youth for STEM Opportunities
The disproportionate representation of minority students in STEM disciplines is becoming increasingly awkward.
Although big changes are happening in U.S. demographics in terms of soaring minority populations, those changes are clearly not reflected in STEM education or STEM careers.
Fortunately organizations such as the Harris Foundation, are concerned enough to do something about it.
Budding scientists and engineers interested in sharpening their skills alongside professionals and a former astronaut are encouraged to apply for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program.
One thousand middle-school students will be selected to attend one of 20 camps held at universities across the country, where they will be immersed in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.
More than 8,700 underserved youth have participated in the program designed to encourage science and mathematics interest and pursuit of higher education.
This unique experience supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation includes mentoring from Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African-American to walk in space and camp founder. “From building models of bridges to designing robots and creating spacesuits, students see first-hand engineering, science, technology and math come alive through real-world applications,” said Harris, president, The Harris Foundation.
Although it’ll be a long and difficult task to close the gap in STEM education, increasing the number of role models for underserved youth, and expanding opportunities in science disciplines will go a long way to alleviate the problem.
Eligible students can apply at http://www.theharrisfoundation.org/