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College makes STEM topics fun, interesting

College makes STEM topics fun, interesting
Ryan Chabarria, a biology adjunct professor at LSC-Kingwood, explained scientific techniques to a volunteer and Montgomery Middle School students at the recent STEM Saturday Program.

Middle school students’ views on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects greatly impact their future career choices.

To foster a positive and successful foundation in this growing field, Lone Star College-Kingwood recently held its first STEM Saturday Program for Montgomery Middle School students. The idea was to get the young students interested in STEM subjects with the hope of them pursuing a career in the industry.

“Our professors did an excellent job teaching STEM topics at the students’ level,” said Al Dorsey, LSC-Kingwood Men’s Center director and event organizer. “We hope that we inspired the students to become interested in those subjects.”

Students learned lessons on DNA, stem cells extraction, and had the chance to see cancer cells. Other activities included a panel discussion, science experiments, computer coding activity, a motivational speech, college prep presentation and a financial aid presentation.

“Students learned more about STEM subjects and possible career options while participating in fun and educational activities,” said Dr. Darrin Rankin, vice president of student success at LSC-Kingwood. “Students became more aware and knowledgeable and discovered how fun science, technology, engineering and math can be.”

In addition to LSC-Kingwood, STEM Saturday Program was also sponsored by Microsoft and United Way Greater Houston. For more information, email Alfred.Dorsey@LoneStar.edu.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.