BROWNSVILLE — Just because summer is around the corner doesn’t mean high school students can’t have fun while learning about science at Texas Southmost College.
TSC was offered a state grant called the Governor’s Merit Summer Grant in the amount of $90,000, which allows the community college to host five one-week summer camps for high school students in June.
Some of the camps that will be offered to the students include Closing the GAPS (Girls Aren’t Pursuing Science), which teaches girls about environmental science, and SMART (Science of Mechanical Applications and Related Technology), which targets male students to help understand mechanical engineering principles.
“What we’re doing with the $90,000 is granting 100 student scholarships so they don’t have to pay,” said Angelica Fuentes, TSC’s college preparatory studies dean. “The money is used for scholarships so none of the students will have to pay.”
At the end of each camp program, students receive a certificate of participation and can invite their families to see what they have been working on during that week.
“During the week, they’re all going to focus on a final project, and so the last day we do a ceremony where they get to share their project,” Fuentes said.
One of the projects previous students have presented is a carbon dioxide race car.
“The neuroscience one that they’re going to do is kind of exciting, they order science roaches and they are able to manipulate it using a chip, and they’re able to manipulate it with a computer program,” Fuentes said.