Dawson High School students attend RICE University STEM Camp
Three Glenda Dawson High School tenth-graders, Isabella Soares, Jared Byars and Jasmine Wong, were among a select group from around the state to attend the prestigious Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University this summer.
The camp, which is sponsored by ExxonMobil, is available to rising 8th-12th graders and features a week-long residential experience with a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Campers experimented with hands-on STEM projects, like building miniature wind turbines out of household items including glue, cardstock and popsicle sticks.
Students also had an opportunity to enhance their communication skills by learning how to simplify complicated STEM ideas via graphic drawings and an end-of-camp oral presentation – all while experiencing life on a college campus.
About the Tapia Center
The Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University was founded in 1995 to promote greater participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences and engineering and empower them to be future leaders. The Center’s founder, Dr. Richard Tapia, is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach.
Since inception, the Tapia Center has provided direct training and guidance to more than 6,000 students and 2,500 teachers and educated nearly 250,000 students and professionals about the importance of diversity and representation.