Texas Science Fair Winners Awarded Scholarships to 2012 Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy
Gov. Rick Perry has announced more than $111,000 in scholarships for winners of the 2012 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, which was held last week in San Antonio. The scholarships will allow students to attend the fifth annual Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy this summer at the University of Houston.
"The Science and Technology Champions Academy offers students the opportunity to think outside the box and get hands on experience in science outside of the classroom," Gov. Perry said. "As technology continues to evolve, ensuring Texas children are competitive in scientific fields will help prepare them to succeed in the global workforce, and will help keep Texas on the forefront of innovation."
Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar presented medals to the senior division winners, who also received scholarships for the entire cost of the residential summer camp. In addition, teachers who mentored the students also will receive scholarships to attend a related professional development workshop.
"We are pleased to continue our support for the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Champions Academy," Commissioner Alcantar said. "These activities encourage our future workforce to pursue science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, the foundation for success in many high-demand careers."
This year's academy will include study in engineering and science fields, with a particular emphasis on energy and aerospace. It will feature learning opportunities at Space Center Houston, including meeting with aerospace experts from the NASA Johnson Space Center.
Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students who qualified at regional competitions competed in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Winners from the senior division advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair competition in Pittsburgh, Pa. in May.