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Two students attend Rice University Virtual STEM Camp

Two Pearland ISD students did not let COVID get in the way of their learning this summer. Pearland High School’s sophomore Angel Pinales and Turner High School’s senior Kraig Thompson, were among a select group from across the state to attend virtual STEM Camp offered by the prestigious Tapia Center for Excellence and Equality at Rice University.

The camp, sponsored by ExxonMobil, is available to rising 8th-12th graders and features a week-long online STEM Camp led by Rice professors and experienced facilitators that builds problem solving and communications skills.

Each camper was challenged to design their own heatsink, simulating the process through which heat is transferred away from the processor in a computer to keep the device from overheating.


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.