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Fort Bend ISD students participate in 2019 Tapia Say STEM Camp (10/2/2019)

FORT BEND ISD (October 1, 2019) – Sixteen Fort Bend ISD students were among a select group of students from across the state to attend the 2019 Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University. The students include Abdullah Amer, Howard Bartee III, Akhila Chikkula, Austin Merkel, Travis Merkel, Sanjana Mittal, Maya Neti, Kenley Nguyen, Asher Roohullah, Enara Roohullah, Suhani Shah, Anjali Sivasothy, Justin Sivasothy, Rohit Venigalla, Leena Wilson, and Aaron Xu.


Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the summer camp is available to rising 8-12 grade students and features a weeklong residential experience with a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Camp participants experiment with hands-on STEM projects, like building miniature wind turbines using household items such as glue, cardstock and popsicle sticks. At the same time, students enhance their communication skills by learning how to simplify complicated STEM ideas via graphic drawings and an end-of-camp oral presentation – all while experiencing life on a university campus.


About the Tapia Center

The Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University was founded in 1995 to promote greater participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences and engineering and empower them to be future leaders. Since inception, the Tapia Center has provided direct training and guidance to more than 6,000 students and 2,500 teachers and educated nearly 250,000 students and professionals about the importance of diversity and representation. The Center’s founder, Dr. Richard Tapia, is a national leader in education and outreach, and internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences.


Photo 1: Shown from l-r are Howard Bartee III, Asher Roohullah, Enara Roohullah, Austin Merkel and Travis Merkel.


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Photo 2: Pictured are Suhani Shah, Sanjana Mittal, Maya Neti, Akhila Chikkula and Aaron Xu.


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Photo 3: Shown are Rohit Venigalla, Anjali Sivasothy, Justin Sivasothy, Leena Wilson, Kenley Nguyen and Abdullah Amer.


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