Starting out Early: Sixth Grader Prepares for a Career in STEM

Camryn Hale (far right)
Photo Courtesy of UTPA

Camryn Hale, entering sixth-grade student at Gutierrez Middle School, has returned home after attending the sixth annual ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) at the University of Texas-Pan American.

“I was nervous about being away from home for two weeks, but it was an extraordinary experience, and I am very honored to have been selected to participate,” said Hale.

The two-week residential camp was held July 6-18.

Hale, along with 48 local middle school students, had the opportunity to learn from distinguished speakers, launched rockets, built a hurricane survival kit, and enjoyed other hands-on activities.

“I am very proud to represent HCISD and the Harlingen community as a whole. I am so thankful to my fifth grade math and science teachers at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary, Carrie Chilenski and Jeffrey Hendrix, who have always supported and encouraged me,” said Hale.

The EMBHSSC is hosted at colleges and universities across the nation. The camps are held in the months of June – August. Each camp provides 48-54 rising middle school students the opportunity to delve deeper into their experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while living on a college campus – at no cost.

“We found out about the camp when I received an email from my principal at Coakley. It’s a terrific opportunity for fun in a STEM environment, and thanks to ExxonMobil and the Bernard Harris Foundation it is all completely free. I hope more HCISD kids will take advantage of this great opportunity in the future,” said Diana Hale, Instructional Facilitator at Coakley Middle School.

To learn more about the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp click the link below.

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