Campgoers Get Out of World Experience

Young minds are taking off this week at Rose-Hulman.

It's the second week of the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

Several things make this camp stand-out.

It's an all-expense paid camp that helps middle school students sharpen their math and science skills.

There are 20 of these camps across the country. Rose-Hulman is the only Indiana college to play host.

On Monday, the kids got a special treat with a visit from the camp's name-sake and founder, former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African American to walk in space.

"We live in the 21st century where technology drives everything that we do. So it's important that our young people get educated in those fields, science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Dr. Harris said. "The jobs in which they're going to get in the near future are going to require that expertise so why not start now and prepare them."

With supervision from Harris, the students took the mars lander challenge. Using household materials, the kids designed model spacecraft capable of protecting an astronaut during a planetary landing.

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