Thousands visit Mind Trekkers for two days of STEM action
03.27.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Festival largest that San Jacinto College has ever hosted
PASADENA, Texas – There were plenty of microscopes, balloons, and tanks of liquid nitrogen at the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) festival that San Jacinto College has held to date.
Families from the community and approximately 7,000 sixth-graders from Holy Trinity Episcopal School; Rhodes School; First Baptist Christian Academy; and Galena Park, Clear Creek, Sheldon, La Porte, Deer Park, and Channelview Independent School Districts visited the College's Central Campus to participate in more than 100 science experiments over a two-day span at the Mind Trekkers Dow Chemical Adventures in STEM.
Mind Trekkers was coordinated through Michigan Technological University. Experiments included how to walk on water, play music with fruit, make ice cream in 60 seconds, skewer balloons, and hair-raising physics. The event allowed San Jacinto College students to serve as volunteers and engage in outreach education to inspire students.
Sponsors included Dow Chemical, Lubrizol, Memorial Hermann, East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), Air Liquide, Schlumberger, and Ocean Star. The San Jacinto College STEM Council assisted with the coordination of experiments.
The STEM Council at San Jacinto College 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 region, as Houston ranks among the top 10 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. To learn more, visit sanjac.edu/stem-council.
For a video of the Mind Trekkers event, visit the San Jacinto College YouTube channel.
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.