STEM Campers to Meet Bernard Harris

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Savanah and Jetta at LCE’s 2015 Writing & Art Awards

LCE Youth Board members Savanah Montileaux and Jetta Tobacco are headed to STEM Camp this weekend. According to a press release issued earlier today, at the camp they will have the chance to meet Bernard Harris, the first African-American Astronaut to walk in space!

The STEM Camp opportunity arose out of a connection made by representatives of Lakota Children’s Enrichment (LCE) and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at the 2014 Independent Sector conference. LCE gathered applications from students across the Reservation and after a selection process, the Harris Foundation invited two Middle School students to participate in the camp. Addressing LCEs concern about ensuring a smooth adjustment, the Foundation also hired an adult from the Pine Ridge community to fill a counselor position at the two-week camp in Indiana.

LCE President Maggie Dunne said: “We are so proud to have played a role in creating this opportunity for Savanah and Jetta. We know both campers well, and are confident that they will do us proud! The fact that campers will get to meet Bernard Harris is an extra-special bonus! We are grateful to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Harris Foundation and ExxonMobile for making this incredible enrichment opportunity possible.”

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is the nation’s top undergraduate engineering school according to US News and World Reports. Set forth below is the press release announcing that students from Pine Ridge Reservation will attend the summer science camp.

The Rose-Hulman Press Release, Dated June 12, 2015

Pine Ridge Students to Experience ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Summer Camp at Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Middle school students from South Dakota are among a select group attending the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology June 15-26.

Campers will include students from Pine Ridge and Porcupine. Schools represented are Wolf Creek and Our Lady of Lourdes.

The two-week camp is free to 48 students from groups who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and who have shown a strong interest and ability in STEM subjects.

The camp was founded by former astronaut Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space. Harris will attend the camp and oversee the Mars Lander Challenge during Media Day on June 22.

Kids will build their Mars Landers from 9-9:45 a.m. on June 22. Harris will conduct the Mars Lander competition from 10-11:30 a.m.

More than 90 students applied for the camp, the only one of its kind in Indiana and the first hosted by Rose-Hulman.

“We want to show the kids that learning about STEM subjects is awesome,” said Executive Camp Director Christine Buckley, an associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering at Rose-Hulman. Youth will experience hands-on activities involving forensic chemistry, 3D printing, water quality testing, and robotics.

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