South Texas College hosts Mars Camp

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POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 3:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:41am

These are 39 of the brightest 14 to 18 year old science students from around the state of Texas. They were winners of the 2013 Exxonmobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair.
As a reward they are spending the week in McAllen at South Texas College participating in the MARS.

"We are teaching them concepts of engineering, mathematics, and computer science."said instructor Juan Carlos Lopez.

Jaswanth Kintada from San Antonio just graduated from high school and plans to attend the University of Texas San Antonio in the fall studying biology. He says this week has been a great learning experience.

"Really bright minds, and it’s a great experience to be in a classroom setting with such smart people that have an interest in science and math, and we have some amazing ideas when it came to physics, engineering and math.”said Kintada.

Sonya Xu is from Plano, Texas. She will be entering 9th grade in the fall.

"Learn a lot of high level science and math, and do hands on activity such as the balloon."

A lot science goes into making these big balloons go in the air. This was last project for science camp students.

"Using energy to heat up the balloon, so the purpose is to put air in the balloon try to keep the air from disappearing by seeming it with duck tape, as we put the air in, as the solar energy is coming down its going heat up the molecules which is going to make them expand and should be able to lift the balloons themselves."

All the students say the camp was a great learning experience.

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