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Spring 2014

Middle School Students Visit PC for a STEM Symposium

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The STEM Program at Phoenix College hosted the 2014 Water Investigations STEM Symposium on May 14, and May 19, 2014. Over 650 middle school students, along with their teachers and parents, participated in activities in our campus classrooms and facilities. The Symposium, organized by the Water Resource Research Center at the University of Arizona, is modeled after a conference for professionals where the 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.

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The Water Investigations STEM Symposium is supported through grants made available by the Nature Conservancy and the Pulliam Charitable Trust.


Earth Day/Week


 On April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Pastor Plaza learn more about recycling and to have fun playing recycling games!

Recycle this!
- An assortment of recyclable materials that need to be sorted makes a game for a group of two people

Recycle tennis
- With rackets made of cereal boxes and a ball made of paper, metal, or plastic 2 students direct the ball to the correct basket

Water testing – public poll
- Store bought, tap, and filtered water comparison

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Senior Preview Day

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Where: Sophomore Square 

When: Tuesday, April 15

Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon


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Field Trip to the Desert Botanical Garden

When: Saturday, March 29

Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Hermanas Conference

When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Phoenix College, in Phoenix, Arizona

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Mission:  Increase the number of underrepresented female students choosing to go to college by inspiring them to pursue an engineering and science education and envision future careers in a technical field.

Goals:  Many young Latina girls don’t know what opportunities are available in technology, or what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional.  They don’t even realize it is an option.  All too often, there is the perception that these professions are not considered “traditional careers” for Latinas – as reflected by the low number of Latinas that major in the technical fields. This is the segment of our increasingly growing population in Arizona that is most at risk of not being prepared to enter the workforce of the future.

Intel Corporation is collaborating with the Maricopa Community College District to sponsor this pre-college conference.  The target audience is Latina girls in grades 11 and 12.

Conference Sponsors:


ASU – SenSIP Center – Fulton School of Engineering
UofA – AZ Project WET –  Water Resources Program


  • Registration/Welcome – students will be welcomed and introduced to the events for the day
  • Hands-on Workshops – The workshops are comprised of fun, interactive, hands-on activities to introduce concepts in problem-solving, teamwork and creativity.
  • Latina Town Hall – Participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with successful Latina professionals and learn what they did to get to where they are today.  We will also have Hermanas graduates talk about what they did in high school to be successful!
  • Resource Fair – Educational institutions from the East Valley and Phoenix area will be available to hand out information.  All Hermanas participants will be free to visit each booth and take information.
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STEM Social


When: Monday, March 17 in the Hacienda Conference room F121 (where the old cafeteria was).

Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and meet other students that are taking STEM classes.

We’ll have games and some food to keep your mind and conversation going!
Here are some of the games:
  • Jenga,
  • “Paper towers” building competition
  • “Minute to win it” STEM Challenges
  • “Marshmallows and spaghetti”  bridge competition
See you there!!!


Night of the Open Door at ASU


March 1, 2014 • 4-9 p.m.

Night of the Open Door on ASU’s Tempe campus is one of the top signature events of the AZSciTech Festival. With more than 100 events, 1,000 volunteers and attracting more than 15,000 attendees, it is a true celebration of the sciences, culture, engineering, humanities and the arts. Join and explore!

See a listing of STEM activities by clicking here



Science & Popcorn


Hacienda Conference Room from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Monday, March 3: What makes us Human

Monday, March 24: Secrets of the sun

Monday April 7: Cracking our genetic code

Monday, April 21: Secrets Beneath the Ice

See descriptions below

Monday, March 3: What makes us Human
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that distinguish humans from the millions of other animal species with which we share the vast majority of our DNA. Now, we explore those traits once thought to be uniquely human to discover their evolutionary roots.
Neanderthals ‘R’ Us – Is there a Neanderthal in your family tree? Recently, geneticists shocked the scientific community when they announced they’d found evidence suggesting that ancient humans may have interbred with Neanderthals. Watch as David Pogue delves into his own genetic makeup.
Stone Age Language Mystery – Could two of our species’ defining achievements–tool use and language–be intimately connected? Anthropologists are studying what happens in the brain when people make stone tools; their results suggest that language and tool use might go hand in hand.
Evolution of Laughter – Humans may be the only species that appreciates jokes, but we’re not the only one that laughs. We’ll meet researchers who are tickling baby chimps, bonobos, and orangutans to record their giggling and uncover the evolutionary roots of laughter.
Profile: Zeresenay Alemseged – Ethiopian anthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged struggled against all odds to make one of the biggest recent discoveries in human origins: the 3.3 million-year-old fossil bones of Selam, an ancient cousin of our human ancestors.

Monday, March 24: Secrets of the sun
Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the Sun as they never have before and even re-creating what happens at the very center of the Sun. Their work will help us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades. Secrets of the Sun reveals a bright new dawn in our understanding of our nearest star, one that might help keep our planet from going dark.

Monday, April 7: Cracking our genetic code
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA–all three billion chemical letters of it–read, stored, and available for analysis? Cracking Your Genetic Code reveals that we stand on the verge of such a revolution
What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA–all three billion chemical letters of it–read, stored, and available for analysis? Cracking Your Genetic Code reveals that we stand on the verge of such a revolution.
Meet a cancer patient who appears to have cheated death and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions.
But what are the moral dilemmas raised by this new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know the diseases that may lie in our future? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers, or prospective mates? One thing is for certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone, and soon you will be choosing whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.

Monday, April 21: Secrets Beneath the Ice
When an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that Antarctica may be headed for a meltdown. Even a 10 percent loss of Antarctica's ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal cities unlike any seen before in human history. What are the chances of a widespread melt?
"Secrets Beneath the Ice" explores whether Antarctica's climate past can offer clues to what may happen. A state-of-the-art expedition is drilling three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor. The drill is recovering rock cores that reveal details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today.
As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues about Antarctica's past—clues that carry implications for coastal cities around the globe.


STEM Social: meet the STEM Scholars


On Monday, February 24th starting at 1:00 p.m., in the Hacienda Conference room F121, don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the STEM Scholars! You will have the opportunity to meet with other students as well and enjoy some snacks during the social event.

Participation to the event will also earn you one STEM point.  At the end of the semester there will be a drawing for one or more prizes for those that have accumulated the highest number of STEM points.
Come and get connected !!  See you there!!


College orientation

On January 11 the STEM program welcomed the PC students back for the SPRING 2014 semester.  Below are some of the pictures taken at the event.

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