A semester full of STEM at San Jacinto College to increase interest from elementary to college

09.22.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

STEM education through hands-on activities and events is off to a strong start at San Jacinto College this Fall.

From helping fourth graders make slime and shrinky dinks, to a fossil dig in Bryan, Texas, San Jacinto College students will become involved this year in every aspect of coordinating and participating in activities for educational awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math, or more commonly referred to as the STEM fields. Careers that rely on STEM education and skills will represent almost all of the fastest-growing occupations in the next decade, and half of all STEM jobs available require less than a bachelor's degree to make a lucrative staring salary, according to Change the Equation.

This is why San Jacinto College offers a wide variety of STEM-related events, supported by the STEM Council, for students and the surrounding community each year. The Council strives to increase awareness of education and career opportunities related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Council sponsors STEM activities throughout the College and the region, as Houston ranks among the top ten cities for STEM careers. The Council works with community members to promote the STEM fields, while forging strong partnerships with universities and industries for further education and workforce training.

The following is a list of STEM events scheduled for this Fall at San Jacinto College:

Speaker series: Engineers from industry to speak to students taking STEM subjects

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19.113

Sept. 25, at 3 p.m.

For more information, email ann.cartwright@sjcd.edu.

Lunch and Learn series - The Guide: A Biologist in Corongosa by BioInteractive

San Jacinto College North Campus, N-17.3062

Sept. 26, at 12 p.m.

Perspectives - A discussion of the way we look at things philosophically, mathematically, and psychologically.

San Jacinto College North Campus, N8.201

Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, email tim.bell@sjcd.edu.

Biotechnology program at UHCL informational session

San Jacinto College North Campus, N-17 3062

Oct. 3, at 12 p.m.

For more information, email yuli.kainer@sjcd.edu.

Introduction to Medical Quackery by Dr. Ed Uthman with Brown and Associates Medical Laboratories and president of Texas Society of Pathologists

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C19-111

Oct. 6, at 3 p.m.

Stewart Elementary takes a trip to San Jacinto College science and health science labs

San Jacinto College South Campus, science and allied health building

Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Forensic analysis of bones presentation led by San Jacinto College for Sheldon Early College High School students

San Jacinto College North Campus, allied health and science building

Oct. 10, time TBA

Students to participate in geoscience activities, including a San Jacinto College robotics demonstration

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Oct. 11, time TBA

For more information, email sharon.choens@sjcd.edu.

Alternative Energy Car Show, showcasing cleaner choices in transportation

San Jacinto College Central Campus, Transportation Center

Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, email malcolm.sadler@sjcd.edu.

M.D. Anderson recruiting event

San Jacinto College South Campus, S-15

Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

San Jacinto College students to participate in Energy Day

Downtown Houston, Sam Houston Park

Oct. 18, throughout the day

For more information, email sharon.choens@sjcd.edu.

Finding fossils field trip

Whiskey Bridge in Bryan, Texas

Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, email sharon.choens@sjcd.edu.

Guest speaker, Mark Kramer, to present the history of Armand Bayou Nature Center

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19

Oct. 22, at 10 a.m.

Genoa Elementary fourth-graders to visit San Jacinto College for hands-on science fun

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19

Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day

For more information, email ann.cartwright@sjcd.edu.

FIRST Tech Challenge robotics qualifier hosted by San Jacinto College

Young Women's College Prep Academy

Nov. 1, opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, email cheryl.mott@sjcd.edu or sharon.sledge@sjcd.edu.

STEM Panel, featuring representatives who work in STEM fields

San Jacinto College South Campus, S12.101

Nov. 12, 1 p.m.

For more information, email brittany.bonds@sjcd.edu.

Engineering Day, featuring visits from universities and industry representatives

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19

Nov. 13, afternoon, time TBA

For more information, email ryan.martinets@sjcd.edu.

STREAM event, sponsored by LyondellBasell: Will include sessions focusing on science, math, robotics, and reading. Students will tour the nursing Sim lab.

San Jacinto College North Campus

Nov. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Jacinto College hosts the 2YC3 National Conference, chemistry

San Jacinto College Central Campus

Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, time TBA

For more information, email dolores.aquino@sjcd.edu.

San Jacinto College students to volunteer at Armand Bayou Nature Center

Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd in Pasadena

Dec. 5, morning time TBA

For more information, email barbara.schumacher@sjcd.edu.


Coming up for Spring 2015:

FIRST Tech Challenge robotics qualifier hosted by San Jacinto College

Hamshire-Fannett High School

Jan. 18, opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, email cheryl.mott@sjcd.edu or sharon.sledge@sjcd.edu.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program speaker from the University of Texas

San Jacinto College North Campus, N17.3062

Jan. 30, at 12:30 p.m.

FIRST Tech Challenge robotics qualifier

San Jacinto College Central Campus, Anders Gymnasium

Jan. 31, opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, email cheryl.mott@sjcd.edu or sharon.sledge@sjcd.edu.

San Jacinto College hosts Regional Secondary Science Fair for Pasadena Independent School District

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19

Jan. 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

FIRST Tech Challenge Southeast Texas Regional Championship

San Jacinto College Central Campus, Anders Gymnasium

Feb. 21, opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, email cheryl.mott@sjcd.edu or sharon.sledge@sjcd.edu.

 

The San Jacinto College Central Campus is located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena; North Campus is located at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston; and South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.

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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.