TOMBALL - Tomball ISD and Willow Wood Junior High student Anjani Malhotra was among a select group of elite students from around the state to attend the prestigious Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University.
The camp, which is sponsored by ExxonMobil, is offered to rising 8th-12th graders and features a week-long residential experience with a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.
As a camper, Malhotra was able to experiment with hands-on STEM projects, like building miniature wind turbines out of household items including glue, cardstock and popsicle sticks. At the same time, she had the opportunity to enhance her communication skills by learning how to simplify complicated STEM ideas via graphic drawings and an end-of-camp oral presentation - all while experiencing life on Rice University’s campus.
Since inception, the Tapia Center has provided direct training and guidance to more than 6,000 students and 2,500 teachers and educated nearly 250,000 students and professionals about the importance of diversity and representation.