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June 1, 2013

Hoke resurrects Science SuperStars, prepares for camp

ORANGE — In 1995, Michael Hoke, a local science teacher, joined with DuPont Sabine River Works to develop a program called Science SuperStars. After a five year hiatus, Science SuperStars will again be a program offered to eighth grade students in Orange County thanks to a grant from DuPont and a dedicated group of volunteers. Hoke, founder and Director of Science SuperStars will again direct this program designed to improve scientific literacy and attitudes of children throughout the county.

Students are selected from schools throughout the county to participate in this program. Each student is required to attend a free two-week summer camp in Orange at which they learn both science concepts and existing ways to present these concepts to other students. After students have received this training, they then present highly motivation science shows to elementary students throughout the region during the 2013-2014 school year.

The selection process for participation in this program includes the submission of a recent report card and a teacher recommendation. Students must be entering the eighth grade and be able to attend one of the workshops, either June 17 through June 28 or July 29 through Aug. 9. Workshops will be help at West Orange-Stark Middle School cafeteria on Green Avenue in Orange. Local teachers and SuperStar alumni, along with Mr. Hoke, will teach students at these sessions.

Currently in the U.S., there are at least 10 Science SuperStar programs operating, all with their origins from the one started in Orange County, Texas.

“We owe it to our children in Orange County to offer this program and DuPont has generously agreed to sponsor Science SuperStars,” Hoke said. “Hopefully, we can again provide this quality science program to children throughout Orange County to better prepare them for their future.”

Parents interested in their child attending this program may receive an application by e-mailing Hoke at hokeinnature@gt.rr.com. The deadline for all applications is June 10, 2013.

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