Over the summer, two Klein Oak students – Chant Resilla and Kailyn Nonhof – were among a select group from around the state to attend the prestigious Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University. 

The ExxonMobil-sponsored camp is available to rising 8-12 graders and features a weeklong residential experience with challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum. 

“I love seeing students take the initiative to seek out opportunities like this,” Principal Thomas Hensley said. “The fact that Chant and Kailyn took time out of their summer to engage in this experience and own their learning is amazing, and it just confirms what I already truly believe – we have incredible students at Klein Oak.”

Chant and Kailyn were given the opportunity to experiment with hands-on STEM projects such as building miniature wind turbines out of household items. They also enhanced their communication skills by learning a variety of techniques for simplifying complicated STEM ideas via graphics and drawings. 

“The camp was an amazing experience to learn in a different place from a different instructor, surrounded by people interested in the same topics,” Chant said. “It made me want to delve deeper into STEM than ever before.”

Of course, in Klein ISD, we know that the best learning happens when our students are fully engaged and immersed. To top off the 6-day, 5-night learning journey, the students gave an end-of-camp presentation to demonstrate their comprehension of the topics covered. 

“I was very lucky to hear others speak about how STEM applies to their life,” Kailyn said. “I also attended during the bilingual week, so that added another element to it and highlighted the communications part of STEM. Hearing people speak in different languages was so interesting because I got to see how science, technology, languages, and communications all mix. It was eye-opening.” 

The Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University was founded in 1995 to promote greater participation of underrepresented groups and women in the sciences and engineering and empower them to be future leaders. Growing future leaders is definitely an idea we can get behind! Registration isn’t yet open for the 2020 Say STEM campus, but be sure to keep checking https://tapiacamps.rice.edu for more information. 




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