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Valley students to join in science camps (4/15/98)

Up to 125 high school students from Starr and Hidalgo counties are going to have an "utterly incredible" experience learning about science this summer.

Five summer camps are planned in June and July as part of the Utterly Incredible Science Academy, a series of five-day mini-courses about math, English, chemistry, physics and advanced biology. Lab experiments will be part of the fun.

Enrollment is open to students who are in the Rio Grande Valley Med-Ed Program, which helps students prepare for college and careers in health care and biomedical science. Med-Ed has more than 400 students. "Our goal is to stimulate interest in science while providing learning challenges and preparation for science courses they will be taking next fall," said Yvonne May-Kautsch, Med-Ed coordinator.

The camps will be at The University of Texas-Pan Am in Edinburg from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. The first session, "The Amazing English Writing Skills Camp," will be June 8-12. Camps that follow deal with mathematics, June 15-19; chemistry, June 29-July3; physics, July 6-10; and advanced biology, July 13-17. Each course has room for 25 students.

Demonstrations and "hands-on" experiments are planned as well as classroom instruction.

The camps are made possible by the cooperation of UT-Pan Am, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative, a legislative program to expand health-career education in the Rio Grande Valley.

Contact: Jim Barrett (210) 567-2570