College, elementary students work together to conduct experiments
More than 50 elementary students worked alongside San Jacinto College students to conduct science experiments during a recent service-learning visit at Genoa Elementary School, 12900 Almeda Genoa Road, Pasadena.
The fourth-graders tested boxed soft drink cans and cans packaged with plastic rings to compare the amount of microorganisms; their second experiment recorded the gas content of regular and diet drinks.
A third experiment tested the cleanliness of surfaces, like desktops, keyboards, door knobs, and more.
The event gave SJC students the chance to apply what they've learned this semester in their chemistry course while participating in service learning.
"I find it very rewarding to see how well our students do as they are working with and explaining experiments to the elementary school children," said Ann Cartwright, chair of the department of science at SJC Central campus.
"It builds their confidence and self-esteem. I also want to show elementary school students how science can really be a lot of fun."
San Jac students will return to Genoa Elementary in November as judges for a mini-science fair and in Spring 2011 to judge another science fair for third- and fourth-grade individual projects.
The elementary students will also visit SJC for a series of on-site lab experiments, conducted by both college students and faculty.
"The students and teachers at Genoa Elementary were extremely excited to have the college students visit," said Principal Tiffany Bennett.
"We anticipate this partnership will help the younger students to better understand science, and we believe it sends a positive message that college is not only important, but is also attainable," she said.
"We want all of our Genoa students to have high expectations for themselves and college is an important step for their future successes."
This is the college's third year to visit and perform science experiments at Genoa Elementary School.
Equipment used this year included donations from Texas Chiropractic College with funding provided by the Greater Houston Section of American Chemical Society.
On Nov. 5 and 12, students from Kolter Elementary School, 9710 Runnymeade Drive, Houston, also visited the San Jacinto College Central campus.
The students creates such items as slime, shrinky dinks, cosmetics and balloons.
San Jac athletes compete in Las Vegas golf tourney
Josh Biehl of Deer Park and Daniel Brockway of Seabrook are in Nevada representing San Jacinto College at the 2010 National Collegiate Golf Championship in Las Vegas.
The tourney ends today, Nov. 14.
Biehl and Brockway qualified for the tournament after winning the recent SJC Central National Qualifying Tournament with a score of 63.
This is their first trip out of the state to compete against dozens of universities and colleges from across the country.
"I didn't even think I'd be playing golf like this in college," said Biehl, 19, who once played on the Deer Park High School golf team. "Now, here I am."
Brockway, 21, who played on the Clear Lake High School golf team prior to SJC, said being at the tournament, "feels great; it's almost surreal."
Biehl and Brockway met during another intercollegiate tournament held at the college.
From there, the two decided to go head-to-head with 22 other competitors during the two-person scramble to qualify for their trip.
Because of the SJC golf course, the college hosts all Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Conference tournaments.
Butch Sutton, physical education professor and director of campus recreation, said such amenities allow students to incorporate intramural activities for an overall healthy college experience.
"I think this is a great thing for us to do," said Sutton.
"Opportunities like this one are an important part of our students' educational process.
"We're fortunate to have the golf course and support from the college for such events."
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