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Humble ISD Students Attend Tapia Say STEM Camp
Pictured from left: Week 1 participants Woodcreek Middle School 8th grader Michael Davydov; Kingwood High School 9th grader
Phoebe Han; and Woodcreek Middle School 8th grader Kyle Fisk. Week 2 participant Woodcreek Middle School 6th grader Jace Knight.
This summer, four Humble ISD students were among a select group from around the state to attend the prestigious Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University. The camp, which is sponsored by ExxonMobil, is available to rising 8th through 12th graders and features a week-long residential experience with a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Campers experiment with hands-on STEM projects, like building miniature wind turbines out of household items including glue, cardstock and popsicle sticks. At the same time, students 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.
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 scineces 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.