STEM Programs Take Center Stage


Courtesy of San Jacinto College Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs Department

Middle school students participate in hands-on activities at a 2016 STEM showcase.

San Jacinto College is continuing its tradition of introducing young children to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through several upcoming events organized by the College’s STEM programs.

First up, San Jac will participate in Lomax Elementary School’s STEM Expo on Feb. 27. Faculty members will manage activity stations manned by San Jac student volunteers, while Lomax students and their families participate in a wide range of experiments and activities.

Central Campus chemistry professor Ann Cartwright said the events aim to introduce the children to the “excitement of STEM” through hands-on participation while enhancing the education of San Jac student volunteers.

“Our SJC students have the opportunity to do STEM service learning, which is a proven method to engage students and help them learn the material better,” she said.

Next, the fourth annual Adventures in STEM – Mind Trekkers festival will take place March 8-9 on San Jacinto College Central Campus, welcoming approximately 5,000 sixth-grade students from area schools.

Dr. Rachel Garcia, science department chair on the Central Campus said the students attending the event can expect “lots of fun and learning.”

“They are also free to roam around and explore the various science activities in the festival,” she said.

Meanwhile, the work of Cartwright, Garcia, and their colleagues was recognized in 2016 when San Jac received the distinction of being named one of the top three STEM outreach programs among two-year colleges and universities, professional organizations, and community groups in the nation. Moreover, the College was nominated again in 2017 for the same honor. 

Cartwright added, “It is nice to be recognized for over twenty years of STEM Outreach and STEM Service Learning.”

The Adventures in STEM – Mind Trekkers festival takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 8 and 9 in Anders Gymnasium (C17) on the Central Campus.


Madison Neal contributed to this report.