Michael Davydov, Phoebe Han, Kyle Fisk and Jace Knight (not pictured) attend Tapia camps at Rice University.

This summer, four students from three schools in Humble ISD – Houston Connections Academy, Riverwood Middle School and Woodcreek Middle School – attended Rice University’s prestigious camps hosted by The Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity.

Say STEM Camp, available to rising eighth-12th graders, featured a week-long residential experience with a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Campers experimented with hands-on STEM projects such as building miniature wind turbines out of household items including glue, card stock and popsicle sticks. At the same time, students enhanced 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 mission of Say STEM Camp is to build a bright future for all eighth through 12th graders who want to go into a STEM field. Regardless of background, they should all have an equal playing field for being able to enter and succeed at the sciences,” said Dr. Paul Hand, director of the Say STEM Camp. “At this camp, our curriculum is split between STEM academia and communications exercises because both are critical to real-world success in STEM.”

This summer, more than 300 students and 50 educators from across Texas and beyond attended the camps.

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