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Below are some examples of the activities carried out by the STEM Program during the Fall 2014 semester.


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


FALL 2014

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!!


Growing STEMs Collaborative Catalog

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.




Wednesday, October 29th

Sophomore Square

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
NRCS usda

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer



The STEM Program and the PC Library will be offering 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!


Ice Bucket Challenge



My College Orientation

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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