Semester full of free STEM events for the public at San Jacinto College

02.16.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

PASADENA, Texas – A robot comedian and more than 100 science experiments under one roof, this is what San Jacinto College has planned in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for Spring 2015.

This semester marks the continuation of STEM events and activities at San Jacinto College.

San Jacinto College will host its annual Engineering Day on Feb. 17. Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, former astronaut and director of the STEM Center at the University of Houston, will speak at 2 p.m. at the Central Campus science building, C-19. Following her presentation, guests from a variety of engineering backgrounds will speak about their educational and career paths from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will also be university representatives in attendance to share admission information on a variety of engineering programs.

A robot comedian, robot film festival, and Cyborg Cabaret are all part of Marilyn Monrobot Labs, founded by Carnegie Mellon doctoral candidate and social roboticist, Heather Knight. Knight will demonstrate her robotic comedy show in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center on the San Jacinto College South Campus on March 3 at 7 p.m. The doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon researches human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications and non-anthropomorphic social robots. She was named to the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science and is featured for her robot comedy performances on TED Talk, a national nonprofit organization with an agenda to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. 

Families and approximately 6,500 sixth graders from across six school districts will get the chance to explore science in action on March 12 and 13 during the Mind Trekkers STEM festival, coordinated through Michigan Technological University and sponsored by Dow Chemical, in the Anders Gymnasium and campus courtyard on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Families are invited to the festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on March 12. Mind Trekker experiments include walking on water, making ice cream in 60 seconds, DNA extraction, fire tornadoes, and skewering balloons. The San Jacinto College STEM Council will assist with coordination of experiments.

Throughout the semester, people may catch a glimpse of Lucy Lou, the newest member of the San Jacinto College STEM family. Lucy is a humanoid robot that often accompanies faculty and students to STEM events across the College. Read her interview at

The following is a complete list of Spring 2015 STEM events at San Jacinto College:

Engineering Day

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C19-111
Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Engineering Day activities
For more information, email

Lomax Elementary School's Family Science Night at San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College Central Campus, C19-111
Feb. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 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 or

Heather Knight, founder of Maryilyn Monrobots Lab

San Jacinto College South Campus, building 1 atrium

March 3, at 7 p.m.

Tornado climatologist to speak

San Jacinto College South Campus, S-1
March 5, at 7 p.m.

Mind Trekkers by Michigan Technological University

San Jacinto College Central Campus
March 12 and 13, 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. sessions for the students
Public event for families from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 12
For more information, visit

NASA Space Science Day

San Jacinto College South Campus, S-1
April 17, time TBA

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

All STEM events at San Jacinto College are sponsored by the STEM Council. For more information, visit the STEM Council page at

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.

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