HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University will offer summer camps for middle and high school students aimed at increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as future careers. The camps are targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields.
School districts may use Title I funds to send students who have an interest in and aptitude for STEM. Camps are one week in duration and run from June 4 until July 29 and open to students entering eighth through twelfth grade. This will be the third year of Tapia Camps with the goal of hosting up to 2000 students this summer. Enrollment is now open and will continue through mid-May. The price for each week-long camp is $995 per attendee.
Campers will live in university dorms, interact with top scientists, work in project-based learning groups, tour NASA and engage with peers and Rice STEM students. They will also develop skills on communications and preparing for college during a fun and active week on campus.
“Tapia Camps open the doors of a top-tier institution to students who may never have had opportunities to advance despite their abilities, motivation, and good grades. Many Tapia Campers are in the top 10% of their classes yet have never been to summer programs or programs at a university due to a lack of family resources,” said Jaime Rodriguez, executive director of the Tapia Camps. “It is exciting and encouraging to watch these bright students as they learn and grow during their time at Rice.”
The Tapia Center was named after Dr. Richard Tapia, a professor and mathematician, who is internationally known for his research in computational and mathematical sciences and has built a reputation for empowering underrepresented minorities to engage in their education. He has been honored with the National Medal of Science from President Obama, received the Vannevar Bush award from the National Science Board, and named to the list of 50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, along with numerous other awards and recognitions.
To register or for more information, contact Jaime Rodriguez, email@example.com or 202-905-3652.
About the Tapia Center
The Tapia Center is designed to empower motivated, academically successful, underrepresented students who are passionate about their education. The programs open Rice University and higher educational experiences to emerging scholars deserving of academic opportunity.