There are still 20 to 30 slots available. Kids from all over Houston are welcome to participate in this program which inspires students to enter into STEM fields.
Here’s the press release:
Helms Elementary Teams Up to Host 2nd Science Extravaganza and Community Affair
(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Dr. Rey Guerra, a Houston engineer and community advocate, is teaming with Camp Innovation to organize a Science Extravaganza at Helms Elementary in the Heights.The Science Extravaganza consists of a full day of fun and free activities to generate student excitement around studying and working in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Participants will have the opportunity to build, experiment, and explore with STEM professionals and community leaders.
What: Greater Heights Science Extravaganza
When: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Where: Helms Elementary, 503 W 21st St, Houston, TX 77008
“The first Science Extravaganza we held at Helms this past spring was a huge success! The kids loved it, the parents loved it, the teachers loved it, and now, we’re back hoping to inspire more children,” said the event’s organizer,” Dr. Guerra.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this country has never been more in need of scientists and engineers. The ultimate goal is that exposure to early and fun exploration will build the STEM professionals of the future,” he added.
Ashlee, a past participant who now wants to major in engineering jumped at the opportunity to speak up about the Science Extravaganza: “I think the science extravaganza was really good because instead of learning and trying to memorize science concepts in a classroom, you are actually doing, touching and feeling science, so that it is easier to learn and remember.”
“That’s what’s great about the design of the Science Extravaganza,” added Diana Del Pilar, Principal of Helms Elementary. “All students collaborated as teams, regardless of their differences in language or readiness, and were all equally excited about the engineering and science workshops.”
Joseph Sanchez, President of sponsor Camp Innovation, observed, “It is such a privilege to work with Dr. Guerra. Research has shown that early exposure and mentorship is huge for these kids. We are very excited to be a part of this collaboration.”
During the event, parents will have the opportunity to participate in a town-hall style community meeting where they can voice their opinions and concerns about the state of education in Houston and Texas. Also, booths offering dental screenings, eye exams, and more will be on site to offer their services to the participants. The event is free of charge.