Hundreds of STEM experiments planned for Mind Trekkers Family Night
03.01.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Michigan Technological University is bringing the Mind Trekkers Adventures in STEM Science Festival back to San Jacinto College.
Families from across the Houston region are invited to make ice cream in less than a minute, suspend magnets in mid-air, shoot ping-pong balls through soda cans, and participate in many other STEM experiments during the free Mind Trekkers Family Night on Thursday, March 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the College's Central Campus, building 18.
Earlier that day, and on March 11, the College will host thousands of sixth-graders from local schools as they load their buses for field trips to the College to participate in the STEM experiments. This is Mind Trekkers second year to visit San Jacinto College. Last year, approximately 7,000 students attended the event.
Mind Trekkers is a road show that brings the "wow" factor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to the hands and minds of K-12 students under the guidance undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan Tech.
The San Jacinto College STEM Council will assist with coordination of the experiments. Mind Trekkers is a part of San Jacinto College's outreach to increase the amount of activities and initiatives in recent years to attract more students to the STEM fields. Sponsors include Dow, Lubrizol, Chevron Phillips, San Jacinto College, and the East Harris County Manufacturers Association.
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.