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March 12, 2014
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BSU camp exposes middle schoolers to science careers

Local middle school students will explore career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and conduct hands-on experiments in a free residential summer science camp at Bowie State University from July 14-25. Bowie State is one of 20 sites in the country to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp and the only one in Maryland.

Named after the first African-American to walk in space, the camp this year focuses on the theme, “Pack Your Bagsā€¦ We’re Going to Mars!” The aspiring scientists will participate in interactive classes, as well as fieldtrips to museums, nature centers and ecosystems to see science at work in their community. Camp instructors include Bowie State faculty, secondary teachers and other professionals.

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, April 3 and can be downloaded from the Harris Foundation website.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Enter 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in fall 2014 and be from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least a “B” in math and science and score at the median to superior level on standardized mathematics and science tests (an official transcript and MSA results from the school are required)
  • Write a 250-word essay describing their interest in the camp and STEM.

For more information, contact Dr. Anisha Campbell, assistant professor of biology, at acampbell@bowiestate.edu or 301-860-3878.

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