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$80K grant helps fund EIT Science Camp

Submitted by Jamila Brown on April 3, 2011 – 5:17 pmNo Comment

This summer the university will be hosting some of the brightest and most promising middle schoolers in the state. Thanks to an $80,000 grant UALR will be holding its 3rd consecutive ExxonMobil Benard Harris Summer Science Camp.

“We are one of 25 schools in the country being able to do this,” said Vernard Henley, EIT Director of Educational Outreach and Diversity. “The other schools in the program are all located in really large industrious and prestigious areas or near Exxon centers. Little Rock is neither which proves our educational system stands on its own merit.”

“The goal is to make sure good students remain interested in science and math, and to do that we need to start early on in the education process,” Henley added.”Great civilizations are based on their mastery of technology. Unfortunately our country is falling behind and the as the demand for engineers increases the amount of students isn’t. This program was based on the idea of ‘Where is this country going?’”

The camp will consist of 48 students attending classes ran by professors and guests who work in the engineering field from around the state. Most impressively, Dr. Bernard Harris, the first african-american to walk in space and the man the program was named after will be attending to give a special lecture. After what is sure to be an inspiring speech, students will attend two weeks of classes, living on campus and working on an engineering design project. At the end of the camp, they will formally present their work.

Aside from the Harris Summer Camp, the college will also be hosting two other engineering research camps for high schoolers, High School Research and Engineering Scholars each two and three weeks respectively. All programs are free of charge.

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