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Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:22am

BROWNSVILLE - The university of Texas-Pan American recently hosted their fourth annual summer camp.

Here is Sandra Quintanilla with this week's U-T-P-A Report.

"Awesome" and "Pretty cool". That's how these middle school students described being selected to live on the UT Pan AM campus for two weeks and participate in activities that fascinate and challenge them like assembling robots. For a select few, visiting with and shaking the hand of the first African American to walk in space made their experience at Utpa's ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science camp even more Exciting and enjoyable. The kids met former NASA Astronaut of stem education and getting our youth prepared for 21st century careers.

During Media day, Camp organizers challenged the students to design a prototype of a space suit that could withstand the force of a metal object being dropped on it.

Other camp activities including cultivation a garden using Hydroponics, building model rockets, creating colonies on the moon and other hands-on activities that ExxonMobil's Julio Rodriguez says are designed to encourage youngsters to pursue stem fields. The UTPA Alum says it's critical for companies like his to reach out to this age group.

While these children may not fully understand the impact a stem education could have on their future, they're sure of one thing, they love creating, designing and inventing things and are thoroughly enjoying and learning new skills at the camp.

I'm Sandra Quintanilla reporting for UTPA and News Center 23.

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