On December 9th, the Calistoga Junior High team went to the Lawrence Hall of Science on the UC Berkeley campus to explore concepts in the STEAM fields. The students explored fluid dynamics, conceptual mathematical thinking, insect adaptations, and complex problem solving in the morning. After a delicious lunch overlooking the beautiful east bay, students went to a lab exploring electricity, squid anatomy, or animal adaptations.
Ms. Brooks and Ms. Swarner had the opportunity to take 13 students to the Buck Institute of Research on Aging. They started the day early, 7:00 am, and began the day with a lecture from a stem cell scientist, Chong He. She told us about her work prior to coming to Buck. Chong worked in China on stem cells and inflammation and then she incorporated her past work with her current work on STEM cells and age related diseases. She presented an introduction to model organisms used for the research at the Buck Institute. Next, she led the students through a simulation case study for an investigation based on should STEM cells be used to treat intestinal disease.
Later, students were led on a tour by a docent of the facility and took a quick look in the stem labs, and concluded the day with an invitation to participate in a summer scholars program aimed at juniors and a summer institute targeted for seniors and above.
Ms. Swarner & Ms. Brooks had the opportunity to take 13 students to the STEM day at Medtronic in Santa Rosa on November 16th. They started off their day at Medtronic with a light breakfast as their guide Renee Lawson explained what their day would look like. Next, they had a brief presentation by an engineer about the future outlook for STEM careers, pay and types of degrees, and careers within the STEM field.
Next they were split up into small groups to meet with researchers and engineers about products that they are either working on or have experience with. The students rotated through each of the following groups and participated in demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with engineers and scientists: coronary stents, aortic stents, renal denervation and heart valves.
Next, they toured labs within the facility. This tour included the chemistry lab, 3D printing lab, materials lab and a room where students dissected a heart with scientists. In the chemistry lab, they had the opportunity to participate in an analysis of caffeine, and used their math and a little calculus as the samples were run through a high pressure liquid chromatography. In the 3D printing lab they saw large scale models of stents that were being produced and used in marketing and advertising. Their third stop was the materials lab where they learned about metallurgy and alloys and participated in a demo that showed the memory of metals used in the stents. The last lab experience was dissecting a pig heart with scientists and learning about parts, function and pathologies of the heart.
The day concluded with a hosted lunch with scientists and engineers, which included an informal Q&A session. The host, Renee Lawson, introduced the high school students to an internship program and encouraged all students to apply! It was an amazing experience and day for all!
On Friday, November 4th, SRJC will host a "Fulfilling the Dream" conference, which will provide resources specifically for undocumented students. The conference runs from 9:00-2:00, is free, and they will provide a free breakfast and lunch. Parents are also encouraged to attend. This is at the SRJC Santa Rosa campus. As seniors, students are entitled to three excused absences for college tours, so they could use a day for this. Register early and by October 21st: srjcdream.eventbrite.com
For the first time ever students will be able to complete and submit their FAFSA/Dream Act Applications before their college applications! This is great because it means you will have a better idea of all of your financial aid possibilities long before you have to make your final decisions about what school you are going to attend. Additionally, and this is HUGE, you will use "prior-prior" tax returns to report your income and your parents' income. Huh? What's that mean? It means you get to use the tax return that is already done! Not the one you will be working on. Beginning October 1st you can apply for financial aid through the FAFSA or Dream Act using your 2015 tax returns! Thanks Obama. No, seriously, it was his idea :)
So, come on down to the College & Career Center any time between 10:00 and 5:00, eat a doughnut or slice of pizza, and get it done! It should take you about an hour to complete your application assuming you have everything you need. Oh, yeah. Here's what you'll need:
This blog is part of the Calistoga Jr/Sr High School's College & Career Center website. The goal is to post stories, presentations, and information relevant to supporting students as they explore their educational and career goals and opportunities, and to keep the community up to date on the services offered.