Mind Trekkers, Space and Earth Days free and open to the public

02.28.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College is hosting three events this spring that are sure to be out of this world while also down to Earth.

The public is invited to the College’s Mind Trekkers Family Night, Space Day and Earth Day events.

Mind Trekkers Family Night returns this year on March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Families are invited to join in the fun and participate in approximately 100 experiments related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Last year’s event featured musical fruit, magnets in mid-air, DNA extraction, fire tornadoes and skewered balloons. Mind Trekkers Family Night will take place inside the Anders Gymnasium, Building C-17, on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. This event is sponsored by San Jacinto College, Dow, Michigan Technological University, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, Air Liquide, INEOS, Chevron Phillips, LyondellBasell, H-E-B and Austin Industries. During the day, the College will host nearly 6,000 sixth-graders from local schools to participate in the activities.

Space Day will take place on March 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the science building, Building C-19, on the Central Campus. This San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy event will connect students interested in the STEM fields to representatives from NASA and workforce industry leaders. Information will be provided on internships and scholarships, and networking opportunities will be available. There will be food and door prizes. Displays will include lunar samples, robotics, virtual reality, rocketry, Orion-Mars and planetary science.

The San Jacinto College South Campus will host an Earth Day celebration on April 20, featuring members from the wildlife world. In previous years, this event has featured exhibits with snakes and lizards, along with other displays geared toward biology and environmental science. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the science and allied health building, Building S-1.

All STEM-related events at San Jacinto College are supported by the San Jacinto College STEM Council. For information about all STEM events and news, 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 Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university 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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