Ohlone College Encourages Education in the Sciences at STEM Awareness Day

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

STEM participants work on lab experiments.

Fremont, CA-"Our goal is to ignite an interest in science!" So says Ohlone College professor Maru Grant who, along with other science, engineering and math professors at Ohlone, are trying to light up the inner scientific spark in high school students, especially in underrepresented populations, by hosting STEM Awareness Day at the College. Ohlone College hosts STEM (or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness Day for local high schools, inviting a different group each year. Students from Newark Memorial and Bridgepoint High Schools are attending this week.

STEM participants work together at a computer laptop.As part of the day's activities, students are placed into teams of twelve, and participate in a variety of hands-on activity sessions in the fields of Chemistry, Engineering, Biotechnology and Information Technology. Students receive a certificate attendance and compete to win prizes.

A number of distinguished guests will speak at the event, Including the President of Ohlone College, Dr. Gari Browning, the Superintendent of Schools from Newark, Dave Marken, representatives from the City of Newark including the Mayor, Al Nagy, and Vivien Larsen, the President of Avanzando, which is assisting with this event, Patti Carothers, the Director of the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair, will address how students can participate in the science fair.

The goal of STEM Awareness day is to inspire the students to explore Ohlone College's STEM Pathway Program. This program prepares both middle school and high school students for entry into one of the STEM pre-baccalaureate degree programs. It also gives students the opportunity to take courses in high school while receiving college credits, many of which will transfer for credit at both California State University and the University of California systems. The event is sponsored by Ohlone College, the Rotary Club of Newark and Avanzando.

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