Learn cool ideas and how to communicate them well!
The Tapia Camps is a 6-day, 5-night residential summer camp at Rice University in Houston, TX covering topics in:
You'll learn the math and science behind cool and surprising things:
How do we know there are planets orbiting other stars?
How can you hide secret information in digital images?
Should solar panels track the sun?
... and much more!
Then you'll learn how to communicate effectively by oral presentation and by graphic design.
At the end of camp, you'll compete with and against your peers for awards on:
Best Science Graphic
Best Science Presentation
Summer 2020 Programs:
July 5-10, 2020: Top 3 incoming 12th graders and all rising 8th-12th graders welcome.
July 12-17, 2020: All rising 8th-12th graders and Dual Language (English/Spanish & English/Mandarin) learners welcome.
All programs are $1595. A 10% discount is available for early bird registration before 12/31/2019 and for students of alumni and staff of Rice University. Discounts may not be combined.
Districts registering at least 5 students receive discounted price of $1300. Special tracks available for Top 3 ranked incoming seniors (Week 1) and Dual Language Learners (Week 2).
Both programs are 6-day, 5-night all-inclusive residential educational experiences that include lodging, food, entertainment, and a field trip. Campers are responsible for transportation to and from Rice University in Houston, TX at the beginning and end of the program.
Excellent Opportunity for: Title I, Title III, Title IV, MIgrant, Gifted and Talented, and Dual Language (Spanish/English) Programs.
Meet the Camp Staff
The innovative Tapia camps are brought to you by:
Dr. Paul Hand
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Say STEM for the Tapia Camps
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Formerly Applied Mathematics Instructor, MIT.
Dr. Philip Ernst
Director of Instruction, Tapia Camps, Tapia Center
Associate Professor of Statistics, Rice University
Dr. Leticia Velazquez
Director of Operations,Tapia Campx, Tapia Center
Visiting Scholar, Rice University
Dr. Richard Tapia
Faculty Director, Tapia Camps
Director of the Tapia Center
University Professor, Rice University
Recipient of the National Medal of Science in 2011 from President Obama
Campers working together on one of the STEM projects.
Dr. Paul Hand leading campers in the Ice Cube Challenge
Campers working together to solve a math problem.
During camp, students get to meet Professor Richard Tapia, a renowned mathematician who is a member of both the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering.
During camp, students learn about oral and visual communication in addition to STEM. Here is a science graphic made by a group of four students from Summer 2017.