Camp at UH gives kids 'hands-on' space experience

June 19, 2012 4:54:04 PM PDT
Students at a University of Houston science camp are learning what it takes to make a space suit that won't fail if hit by debris during a spacewalk.

That was the challenge Tuesday at the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp -- to use homemade materials like aluminum foil, Styrofoam and card stock to create a swatch 14-layers thick that could withstand a simulated puncture test.

Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American ever to walk in space, says he helped create the camp in the hope of giving economically and socially disadvantaged students more "hands on" exposure to math, science and technology.

"It sticks with them," said Dr. Harris. "The things they learn sticks with them longer than simply reading a book."

Harris says this is the first year ever that none of the student's space suit samples showed signs of puncture following the test. For more on the space camp and to see if your child might qualify you can check http://www.theharrisfoundation.org/


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