Mind Trekkers Road Show Hits Town for Two Days of STEM Fun and Excitement

There were plenty of microscopes, balloons, and tanks of liquid nitrogen at the largest 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, the news outlet Deer Park Broadcaster reported in its online edition (www.yourhoustonnews.com/deer_park/living/thousands-visit-mind-trekkers-for-two-days-of-stem-action/article_4899180a-2593-59e0-be59-05e795b87298.html).

Mind Trekkers is a group of Michigan Technological University students who travel the country to put on a STEM Road Show as a way to engage students with the wonders of science. Experiments include walking on water, making ice cream in 60 seconds, playing music with fruit, skewering balloons, and hair-raising physics. The Texas event allowed San Jacinto College students to serve as volunteers and engage in outreach education to inspire students.

The STEM Council at San Jacinto College strives to increase awareness of education and career opportunities in STEM fields. 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 STEM fields, while forging strong partnerships with universities and industries for further education and workforce training. To learn more, visit www.sanjac.edu/stem-council.