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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Posted March 7th, 2011 by staff

For the fifth year, the 4-H Program at OSU has received an $80,000 grant to host an ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.  Former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris and ExxonMobil have partnered since 2006 to provide this two-week residential camp program free of charge to underserved middle school students at 30 college campuses across the country.

The State 4-H Office is inviting Oregon middle school students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 in the fall 2011 to apply to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) this summer at OSU. All selected campers will be fully funded by scholarship.  There will be 48 youth selected to attend the program to be offered July 31 through August 11, 2011.  The camp promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and supports historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities.

The application involves completing an application form, writing a 250 word student essay, recommendations from Science and Math teachers and school test scores in math and science of at least a B average.  Information is available on line at  The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2011.  A printed copy of the registration form can be requested from Camp Coordinator Andy Hoffmann by calling 541-737-4081 or email

The two-week residential camp offers youth innovative ways to enhance their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students are introduced to college life by living in a dormitory and attending classes that include problem solving, science inquiry, engineering principals, research, and communication skills. Students participate in a pre- and post-camp evaluation.  In 2010 evolution results showed that for the fourth year in a row, there were significant changes in camper science process skills from the beginning of camp to the end.  In addition, an increase in camper science interest and attitudes were found from pre to post camp.


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