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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
973 596-3436
New Jersey Institute of Technology

NJIT welcomes Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space

Bernard Harris, MD, the first African-American to walk in space returns to NJIT July 18, 2012 to inspire 54 middle-school youngsters from New Jersey who want to learn more about science careers. The event launches the free, two-week ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) for middle-school students, now in its sixth year at NJIT. Harris, of Houston, veteran of two space shuttle missions and camp founder will assist students in a hands-on activity led by EMBHSSC staff and ExxonMobil Corp., Clinton, representatives.

Harris will help students investigate how an object's kinetic energy affects the impact it has upon a surface. Students, working in teams, will make and test a durable space suit sample capable of withstanding the impact of micrometeoroids.

See students participate in a fun and exciting science adventure, plus learn more about science careers from ExxonMobil engineers and scientists. Following lunch Harris will describe how and why he grew interested in science and why students should too.

The program is based on studies which show that the US faces a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other technically trained workers. To help address this crisis, Harris and ExxonMobil sponsor 20 two-week summer camps across the country. The camps offer innovative math and science programs to encourage middle-school students to develop their knowledge and foster their interest in engineering and other areas in science.

New Jersey students are from: Bayonne, Belvidere, Bergenfield, Butler, Camden, Carteret, Cranford, East Orange, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Forked River, Fort Lee, Great Meadows, Harrison, Haskell, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, Lodi, Mercerville, Metuchen, Montclair, Newark, North Bergen, Old Bridge, Orange, Pemberton, Piscataway, Plainfield, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Somerset, Teaneck, West Orange and Willingboro.


NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.

Contact: Sheryl Weinstein, director, public relations, Sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu, 973-596-3436.

ATTENTION EDITORS: Harris, an inspirational champion of science education, teaches the class at approximately 10:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., he will address the students.