ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Follow Up Program
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, the Institute of Urban Education kicked off one of the three follow-up activities for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC). There were a total of thirteen in attendance, with at least one camper from each of the previous camps held since 2008. Once the program began, Mr. Philip Coates welcomed the campers and informed them about the next two upcoming follow up programs. The first is an online webinar, November 15, 2011. The second is the Annual EMBHSSC Reunion, scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012.
During the opening, Mr. Coates asked the campers did they have any important news or updates in their lives that they wanted to share with the other campers. One camper stated that she had received an award for being the best pre-teen from Wright-Patterson Air force. Another camper said he was recognized for having the best GPA in is class. Finally, a camper took a more humorous approach and informed Mr. Coates about how he accidentally broke his arm.
Once the conversation with Mr. Coates and the campers came to a halt, he introduced the guest speaker for the day, Dr. Rajeev Swami, professor at Central State University. To warm them up for the activity, Dr. Swami asked them, did they practice or study their math and science subjects on a regular basis, most said yes. Dr. Swami explained how important math and science is. He explained how easy it is to studying those subjects by taking 15 minutes to review each day for each subject. Dr. Swami instructed all of the campers to follow him to the lab where he would facilitate a science experiment. Everyone was interested and intrigued by the lab. The campers mixed all of the material in their beakers and placed it on a hot plate. That is when the room started getting antsy to determine what they were making. One camper thought the experiment was going to be peppermint pancake batter. Others thought it was going to be goo, but in actuality, it was peppermint candy canes.
After the lab, Mr. Coates wrapped the program up with door prizes. Everyone received left the program with a prize