Triangle middle schoolers sharpen STEM skills at special camp

(Kristin Ketchell/CBS North Carolina)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A total of 45 Triangle middle school students are using their summer break to sharpen their math and science skills at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at North Carolina Central University.

The two-week-long, all-expenses-paid camp is designed to provide the students with hands-on activities to increase their enthusiasm for science, math, and technology related fields.

“We’ve been traveling to different universities. We went to North Carolina A&T, we went to UNC and we went to North Carolina State and we just learned about different STEM opportunities,” said Gabby Armstrong, a seventh-grade camper from Durham.

The students from Wake, Durham, Nash, and Edgecombe counties participated in a variety of challenges, including a unique space-themed competition where they worked as a team to design, budget and construct a model spacecraft from household materials.

“You know its absolutely amazing just to watch the energy. You can look around the room and see what these kids are working on, the energy they’ve got, and I wish I had that opportunity when I was their age,” said Elijah White, vice president of Geoscience at ExxonMobil.

The students are also given the opportunity to learn about what opportunities may await them in the future.

“I think I definitely want to do undergrad at Yale University. That’s where my parents went. And I think I want to get my doctorate from UNC,” said Armstrong.

This is the second year NCCU has hosted the camp.

It is one of 20 camps being held on university campuses nationwide this summer.

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