Sixth-graders to take over for two-day Mind Trekkers STEM festival

03.01.2018 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Free Family Night scheduled for March 8

 

PASADENA, Texas – For two days, 4,500 sixth-graders will funnel through experiment lines at San Jacinto College to participate in activities that will have them taking a closer look at the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The Mind Trekkers Adventures in STEM festival will be held on March 8 and 9 at the College’s Central Campus and feature more than 100 experiments related to the STEM fields. Dow Chemical Company, Chevron Phillips, LyondellBasell, INEOS and Austin Industrial will serve as this year’s sponsors. San Jacinto College faculty and students, and representatives from industry partners, will volunteer to assist with the experiments. 

Research shows that early exposure to STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning, according to the U.S. Department of Education. San Jacinto College teamed up with Michigan Technological University three years ago to bring the festival to Houston. However, this year will be the first for the College to host the event independently for the Galena Park, Channelview, La Porte, Clear Creek, Deer Park, Pasadena and Sheldon independent school districts; and the Rhodes School.

“Our goal is to encourage students to have fun with science and to consider the STEM fields for their future careers,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor of strategic initiatives, workforce, community and diversity at San Jacinto College. “This is a San Jacinto College initiative, and it is important to all of our communities.” 

Past experiment and activity stations at Mind Trekkers have included skewering balloons, DNA extraction, musical fruit, robotics and making slime. The public is invited to the free Mind Trekkers Family Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in Anders Gymnasium on the College's Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. 

All STEM events are supported by the San Jacinto College STEM Council. For more information, visit sanjac.edu/stem-council.

About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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