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Activities

Below are some examples of the activities carried out by the STEM Program during the 2014-2015 academic year.

To find out about current activities please visit the STEM program web site at PCSTEM.COM

SPRING 2015

2015 STEM Symposium: May 18 & 19

The PC STEM program recently hosted hundreds of middle school students for the 2015 Water Investigations STEM Symposium on the PC campus.

The Symposium, organized by the Water Resource Research Center at the University of Arizona, is modeled after a conference for professionals where the middle school students communicate their science findings during 10-minute presentations, moderated by a science instructor, in front of an audience of peers and adult guests. The presentations are the culmination of yearlong projects the students work on under the guidance of their teachers and water researchers.

Click here to see more pictures about the event.

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SCIENCE & POPCORN:  May 6

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The STEM Program and the PC Library offered a free movie .

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Wednesday, May 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Rise of the Hackers

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Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious — and cyber criminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

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Science Saturday @ Phoenix College: May 2


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This was the first year for the "Science Saturday @ Phoenix College" event, a free and family-friendly event for the greater-Phoenix community to enjoy. The event offered the community the opportunity to experience the classrooms and science facilities of our campus, interact with the college faculty and staff, and learn about some of the interesting science projects that students can expect to be involved with while at the college.

The hands-on activities included: creating parachutes for egg drops, building and competing with foam air planes, building earthquake-proof structures, and performing DNA extraction. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with a geologist, entomologist, and a genetics researcher. Parents learned more about the college enrollment process, financial aid, and the variety of resources available at Phoenix College.

 

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Click here to read an article about the event.

Click here to see more pictures about the event.

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Earth Day: April 22

Students learned why the monarch butterflies are an important barometer to the well being of our planet and why their numbers are declining.

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Click here for photos of the day!

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SCIENCE & POPCORN: April 7

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The STEM Program and the PC Library offered a free movie .

Vista Room, Library Upper Level 

 

Tuesday, April 7 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
The Trouble with Antibiotics

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Each year, an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria--and at least 23,000 die. As the crisis deepens, FRONTLINE correspondent David E. Hoffman turns his attention to the American farm, a sector that comprises an estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics sold. Hoffman travels the country to investigate new research out of Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas focusing on how antibiotics on the farm might be contributing to the growth of resistant bacteria that threaten the health of people.

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Botanical Garden Field Trip: April 4

The Desert Botanical Garden is open to visitors from the local community and around the world and provides research, exhibits, and learning opportunities designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.

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Discover STEM class (March 13- May 2)

Thanks to a grant from the Arizona State appropriations, the STEM Program was able to offer a free STEM class to interested students.

Instructors with expertise in Biology, Geography, Sustainability, and Astronomy developed a series of mini-lectures that will provide the basis for student projects. The projects will be showcased during the community event “Science Saturday @ Phoenix College” on May 2nd.  We have 24 students enrolled in the class.

The “Discover STEM” class is a non–for-credit class.  The students will receive a certificate of completion.
Here are some images of the first class:

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SCIENCE & POPCORN: March 4

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The STEM Program and the PC Library offered a free movie .

Vista Room, Library Upper Level 

 

Wednesday, March 4 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Particle Fever

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Get a front row seat to our generation's most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.
10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. PARTICLE FEVER is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment.

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Night of the Open Door: February 28

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On Saturday, February 28th the STEM Scholars and the students in the STEM Student network spent a few hours at the ASU main campus exploring research facilities, talking with faculty and students at the Universities.  Some of the areas visited included the Biodesign Institute, the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Meteorite center, the Lunar reconnaissance center, the Mars Space Flight and the several engineering facilities.
Here are some pictures of the evening
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The Universe as we know it: February 10

On Tuesday, February 10th in Pastor Square (lawn in front at the Library) the STEM Program offered various astronomy activities

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Planet walk:  take a walk through our solar system and stop by each planet station to find an answer to a question about the planets in our solar system.  Win a Mars bar if you find the correct answer!

Constellations: learn about the ancient constellations used by our forefathers and our modern understanding of them

Laniakea:  An Hawaiian world meaning " immeasurable heavens"  now used to describe the portion of the universe that includes our milky way and neighboring cluster of galaxies.

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Faculty member and astronomy professor Jim Corkins joined us and answered astronomy questions posed by the students and visitors.

Click here for photos of the day! 

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SCIENCE & POPCORN: February 3

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The STEM Program and the PC Library offered a free movie .

Vista Room, Library Upper Level 

 

Tuesday, February 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Finding Life beyond Earth

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Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: are we alone?

Take a spectacular trip throughout our solar system to discover where forms of life may be hidden. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, this program will  immerse you in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astro-biologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments—atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes, and vast saltwater oceans. The newly acquired information is expanding our understanding for the kinds of worlds that could support life.

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Student Orientation:  January 17

The STEM Scholars welcomed a few hundred students and engaged them in conversations about the college STEM offerings and STEM careers.

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FALL 2014

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Bring your cutting to the STEM office and watch it grow!!!

 

Can you imagine cutting off your arm and growing a new identical you from it?
Many plants, but not all, are able to clone themselves this way. In the STEM office this ability has caught our attention so much that we are setting up an experiment to identify plants with this amazing property!
If you find yourself wondering if the plants around you are capable of doing this, feel free to bring a cutting to the office and watch it grow! Plant cuttings will be accepted from October 20th to November 7th. We have room for the first 50 cuttings. Jars will be provided.
The project will be ongoing until November 21st. You are welcome to stop by anytime to check the progress of your cutting!
Bring a cutting and get a ticket for a prize drawing!!

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Help us discover what plants in our everyday world have this unique ability! We will be actively updating our catalog of plants as cuttings are brought into the office and also posting the catalog on this web site along with the name of the student that brought each one of them in.  The students who bring in “new cuttings"--those not listed in the catalog--will be given a ticket for a prize drawing. The prize is a tote bag and the drawing will take place on November 21 in the STEM office.

We will only be accepting cuttings for the first three weeks of the project, until October 31st. So be sure to get your curious minds running!

The requirements to be entered in the prize drawing are:

  1. Student must bring a plant cutting that is not already in the office. The STEM office is in the Library lower level. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  2. Must be brought in between Monday, October 20 and Friday, November 7th.
  3. Limit one cutting/ticket per student.

At the end of the semester we will post the results of this collaborative research effort and identify which plants were found to sprout new roots and which plants were unable to.

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Wednesday, October 29th

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Discover the magic of science with science demonstrations that look like magic but can be explained by science!

The STEM Scholars presented 7 different magic-like demonstrations between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

 

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United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Career Day

Friday, November 14, 2014  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fannin Library @Phoenix College
1202 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Are you interested in?

  • Geology, Hydrology
  • Agronomy, Forestry
  • Wildlife, Agricultural Management
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, Biological Sciences
  • Air Quality & Ecosystems

Learn about:

  • Summer Employment Opportunities with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Pathways- The New Federal Internship Program
  • Preparing an Effective Federal Resume
  • The Federal USAJOBS Website & Online Application Process
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The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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The STEM Program and the PC Library offered a new series of movies, covering several topics of science.

All movies will be shown in the Hacienda Conference Room from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

September 10

Kings of Camouflage
Join us on a voyage beneath the waves, where you’ll discover a bizarre, alien-like creature like no other. It’s an animal with eight sucker-covered arms growing out of its head, three hearts pumping its blue-green blood, and a doughnut-shaped brain. It has the ability to change its color and shape to blend in with seaweed and rocks, and it has a knack for switching on electrifying light shows that dazzle its prey. Perhaps most surprising of all, this animal is quite intelligent, with a highly complex brain. In this program, underwater cameras capture the extraordinary powers of the cuttlefish.

October 8

Your Inner Fish
Paleobiologist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates — the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree.

November 12

What Plants Talk About
When we think about plants, we don’t often use term like “behavior”, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. “What Plants Talk About” teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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Ice Bucket Challenge

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My College Orientation: August 23

On August 23 the STEM Program welcomed the PC students back for the Fall 2014 semester.  Below are some of the pictures taken at the event.

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