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Astronaut’s new mission: Inspiring youngsters

July 24, 2009

See veteran NASA astronaut Bernard Harris interviewed on the KAET-Channel 8 show Horizon on the day he visited Arizona State University to spend time with about 50 Arizona middle school students participating in a two-week summer science camp.

Harris – a physician, scientist, educator and venture capitalist – talks about space exploration, his experiences as an astronaut and his current mission to inspire young people about what they can achieve through science and engineering.

He emphasizes the critical challenge of producing more young scientists and engineers to keep the United States at the forefront of technological achievement.

The Harris Foundation is partnering with the ExxonMobil Foundation to offer science camps for youngsters this summer at 30 universities throughout the country.

ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering was selected as one of the hosts because of its continuing commitment and growing efforts to promote education in science, engineering and mathematics t for K-12 students in communities served by ASU.