Summer Crash Course In Science With Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony practices for Summer Concert at Miller Outdoor Theater
Students spending their summer learning about science got a rare opportunity to play instruments with the Houston Symphony. Musicians are getting used to performing outdoors as they prepare for the summer symphony season at Miller Outdoor Theater.

The middle school students are enrolled in the two week Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at the University of Houston.

Veteran astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris' programs target the city's under-served youth here and around the country to become engaged in math and science, through a variety of programs that support the educational experience.

Dr Perri Segura, with UH, says the kids have been very receptive.

"This is a 2 week-long experience for them to come and get fully immersed in science and technology and engineering and math and, they're into this. And it's evidence by watching their enthusiasm, by hearing them talking about it. They've had a wonderful first couple days of the camp, and it's been exciting to watch them."

Roger Daily, with the Houston Symphony, says the kids were given a quick background on the science behind sound.

"It's really great to be able to have them be part of exploring how sound is made, and learning about length and volume, and mass and vibration, and how this all turns into music."

Steve Brosviki is GM of the Houston Symphony. Since many of the musicians are teachers, he says they understand the science behind the production of an outdoor orchestra concert.

campers take part in an instrument petting zoo
Summer young science campers take part in an
"instrument petting zoo"

"Music education is a really big factor. And I think we underestimate it, unless we think about it all the time, how studying music can affect every other area of study. The study of music engages the brain in different ways, and that helps us learn other subject matter as well."

Sarah Garcia is a 7th grader at Lanier Middle School. She and the other summer science campers took part in an instrument petting zoo.
 
"I think it's really really a good experience. I mean, I get to be with my friends and I can learn stuff that I can use for like maybe one of my careers that I would like to be."
  
Hernandez: "This is stuff that you don't normally get involved with during the school year, right?"

Garcia: "No, mostly we do reading, literacy and math and science but, none like this. This is really really fun."
 
The Houston Symphony kicks off the free performances at Miller Outdoor on Friday.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...