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I ♥ STEM week celebrates accomplishment and opportunities

Join campus events to learn more about sciences, technology, engineering and math at WCC

Post Date:02/02/2017 3:25 p.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – As part of its 50th anniversary, Whatcom Community College will host I ♥ STEM week activities Feb. 13-16 on campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the free events that celebrate accomplishments and opportunities in sciences, technology, engineering and math at WCC. A larger STEM Awareness month celebration will be held on campus in October. Activities will include a community open house and special events featuring Dr. Nathalia Holt, author of “Rise of the Rocket Girls.”

 

Monday, Feb. 13

11 a.m.-1 p.m. I ♥ STEM information tables, Syre Student Center lobby
Meet STEM faculty and explore displays to learn about classes, STEM clubs and new opportunities, including Whatcom’s engineering transfer program, scholarships and grant projects. Physics department staff will demonstrate how a pinhole camera exhibits principles of math and science. Free chocolate! Enter to win a limited edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt. 

4-5 p.m. Student Math League (Round 2), Laidlaw 127
WCC students accept the challenge of 20 multiple-choice, pre-calculus level questions. The highest-scoring WCC student for the year will be honored at the annual Honors & Awards Ceremony in June. Free! ALL WCC students are welcome. Any student who can beat Professor Will Webber’s score will get a 3D-printed object as a prize! For more information, please contact math instructor Nathan Hall, nhall@whatcom.edu or stop by his office, Laidlaw 234.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14

11 a.m.-1 p.m. I ♥ STEM information tables, Syre Student Center lobby
Meet STEM faculty and explore displays to learn about classes, STEM clubs and new opportunities, including Whatcom’s engineering transfer program, scholarships and grant projects. Math Professor Will Webber will demonstrate how 3D printers help students grasp classroom lessons. Receive a free 3D printed object (while supplies last). Free chocolate! Enter to win a limited edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt.

1-1:30 p.m. Bachelor of Applied Science in IT Networking information session, Syre 104
Corrinne Sande, director, Computer Information Systems and Computer Sciences\CyberWatch West and David Knapp, associate director for Advising and Career Services, will share how students can apply for Whatcom’s first four-year degree. Learn why Whatcom is a national leader in computer information systems and cybersecurity and how students will benefit by earning the new degree. Enter to win a limited edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt. 

1:30-2 p.m. STEM scholarships information session, Syre 104
Chemistry instructor Tommaso Vannelli and Dean for Instruction Ed Harri will describe Whatcom’s new five-year, $650,000 National Science Foundation grant, which will provide scholarships and academic support for 36 low-income, academically talented students pursuing associate degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics and physics.  Join us to learn how to apply or how to encourage students to access this exceptional opportunity. Enter to win a limited edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 15

11 a.m.-noon Developing Your Future Career & Academic Workshop – Biology and Chemistry, Heiner 108
Find your passion. Get there quicker. Save money.  Attend this one-hour hands-on academic and career workshop to:

  • Discover what classes to take at WCC and which universities offer your major.
  • Explore what you can do with a degree in biology or chemistry.
  • Ask questions and work with an advisor to create your personal online academic plan. 
  • WCC chemistry Associate Professor Steve DeRoy and WCC biology Assistant Professor Tealia Slagle will
  • describe career opportunities and why these are exciting fields of study. 
  • Enter to win a limited-edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt.

Reserve your seat at this link

 

Thursday, Feb. 16

3-4 p.m. Developing Your Future Career & Academic Workshop – Engineering, Heiner 108
Find your passion. Get there quicker. Save money.  Attend this one-hour hands-on academic and career workshop to:

  • Discover what classes to take at WCC and which universities offer your major.
  • Explore what you can do with a degree in engineering.
  • Ask questions and work with an advisor to create your personal online academic plan. 
  • Engineering instructor Eric Davishahl will describe why engineering is an exciting career path and how WCC’s engineering transfer program prepares students for success. 
  • Enter to win a limited-edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt.

Reserve your seat at this link

7 p.m. ASWCC presents a special showing of “The Martian,” Heiner Theater
“The Martian” is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel. Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. The film depicts his struggle to survive and others' efforts to rescue him. Most scientists have praised "The Martian" for its attempt at scientific accuracy and realism. Free popcorn and soda (while supplies last). Thank you to the ASWCC for their support of I ♥ STEM week at Whatcom! Enter to win a limited-edition I ♥ STEM T-shirt.

 

Black History Month poster display, Kulshan Hall

Beginning in mid-February, visit the Kulshan Hall lobby to learn about African-American STEM pioneers.

 

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer and professional-technical degrees as well as basic education, job skills training, and community and continuing education classes. The College will offer a BAS degree in IT Networking, beginning fall 2017. Based on student outcomes, the Aspen Institute recognizes Whatcom as one of the top community and technical colleges in Washington and among the nation’s leading two-year colleges. For more information, visit whatcom.edu.

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310, pio@whatcom.edu.

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