Mind Trekkers: Adventures In Stem Festival

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By Andrea Vasquez

Nearly 6,000 sixth graders visited San Jacinto College on March 7-8 at the annual Mind Trekkers: Adventures in STEM Festival for hands-on, interactive science experiments and demonstrations with industry partners and College faculty, staff, and students.

Sponsored by Chevron Phillips, LyondellBasell, INEOS, Dow, PetrochemWorks, the City of La Porte EMS, East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) and the San Jacinto College Foundation, the free two-day event at the San Jacinto College Central Campus hosted middle school students from La Porte, Pasadena, Deer Park, Galena Park, Sheldon, Channelview, and Clear Creek Independent School Districts along with students from the Rhodes School for Performing Arts. Students enjoyed a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities including a fire tornado, making slime, fingerprint balloons, chemical-reactive foam creatures, walking on water, and much more. The free event also featured a family night where parents could participate in the same STEM activities with their children.

Now in its fifth year, Mind Trekkers is a part of San Jacinto College’s ongoing outreach efforts to attract more students to the STEM fields. Event activities are designed to showcase the science behind classroom lessons and how it can be found all around you.

For more information on STEM at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/ program/science-technology- engineeringmath-stem.