Lakota Children’s Enrichment is proud to announce that Middle School students Savanah Jo Montileaux and Jetta Tobacco will attend a two-week STEM Camp at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Indiana campus will host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer, which emphasizes mathematics and science skills for Middle School students. The campers applied for the camp through a competitive selection process coordinated, in part, by Lakota Children’s Enrichment.
Jetta, 12, is a rising 7th grader and attends the Wolf Creek School. Jetta is a top student, excels in math and science and wants to be a physician. Jetta also likes to write, and her essay “How Can I Help You?” won a Runner-Up Award in the Middle School Category of LCE’s #WeAreHere Writing Challenge, a competitive challenge judged by a national panel of authors. Jetta is a Co-Founding Member of LCE’s Youth Advisory Board, helps run LCE’s programs on the Reservation and participates in service projects. She’d like to see more peer tutoring opportunities in the schools.
The camp will expose Jetta to math enrichment activities, science and robotics in a laboratory and in the field, as well as all sorts of cool stuff, under the supervision of skilled engineers and scientists. Jetta applied to the camp because she saw it as bringing her one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a doctor! Go Girl!
Savanah Jo, 12, a rising 7th grader at Our Lady of Lourdes. She loves to draw and was a Runner-Up in this year’s #WeAreHere Art Challenge. Savanah is a new member of LCE’s Youth Board and has been involved in LCE’s programs over the last few years through her older sister, Summer Montileaux, a Co-Founding member of the Board.
Savanah is “excited to learn new things about math and science,” and hopes to be better prepared for High School. Her older sister’s first enrichment program was a STEM camp, and Savanah is happy that she, too, will have the opportunity for STEM enrichment. She’s also looking forward to meeting new people! We know she’ll do us proud!
The camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and supports historically underserved and underrepresented students. Campers attend classes that include problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills incorporated into biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering, technology and design concepts, and go on field excursions. Certified secondary teachers, university faculty, and other professionals will serve as instructors.
Campers may get to work alongside former astronaut and camp founder Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, and other STEM professionals, including ExxonMobil engineers.
“Inspiring today’s youth to develop an interest—and ultimately pursue careers—in math, science, and engineering is critical to ensuring the next generation of leaders is armed with innovative skills to address the challenges of the 21st century. STEM skills are essential skills for future leaders” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.
“We want there to be no limitations to students exploring their interests in STEM fields. We’re looking forward to an interesting, fun-filled summer for the students, faculty, and staff” said Christine Buckley, PhD, Rose-Hulman faculty member and camp director.