STEM

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

On Friday, October 28th, [the Pima College Northwest Campus] hosted the second AZ STEM Adventure.  We had over 1100 high energy 4th-8th graders on our campus.  The students participated in a wide variety of STEM related activities including dissections, making silly putty and liquid nitrogen ice cream, taking rides on a “hovercraft”, building rockets, and much more!

catapultI spent 4 1/2 hours with a group of 4th-8th graders from the Islamic Al Huda school1, which I hadn’t even been aware of until I was assigned to escort 22 of the kids (along with three parents and two Pima students).  Not as bad as herding cats, but almost.  Kids liked the talk on liquid nitrogen the most, no doubt because they all got a dixie cup of ice cream made (as we watched) with liquid nitrogen.  Second favorite was attempting to make catapults to shoot candy corn at a target.  (I’ve blurred out the kids’ faces.)  Had to eat lunch outside on the grass, and it was 93°!  Girls sweltering in their abayas and hijabs.

image3Halloween

On Sunday carved pumpkins with the grandkids.  (My granddaughter is ten, but as tall as I am.  She likes to borrow my shoes.)  Had no trick-or-treaters Monday night.  Not many kids in the neighborhood and I’m at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Are We Sick of the Election Yet?

Someone on NPR noted that he thought that Trump’s campaign has been a long infomercial.  He’s been showing his hotels off to the news media.  All that free publicity!

Then FBI Director James B. Comey has to bring up Clinton’s emails again, eleven days from the election.  And it’s not political?

1http://www.alhudaaz.com/about-us.html

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2 Responses to “STEM”

  1. Jim Says:

    Are Hillary and Trump not America’s greatest Halloween characters?

  2. Laura Merrill Says:

    hi, this isn’t a comment, it’s a personal message. I read one of your posts and loved it so much I signed up for your blog. I am an entomologist and general ecologist, about to retire and LIVE!!! (with a short i, not a long one). This is my real commencement. I have been very lucky to be able to save enough money that I should be okay – if the borderline personality isn’t elected Tuesday. I was sorry to hear about the downsizing of your STEM job. I and other friends have also lost jobs to white men, who seem to be preferred by those doing the hiring. Actually, before I got to the point in your blog where the program was cut, I wanted to ask you if the “science” part of STEM is just physics, math, engineering, and such. Some of us did biological and cultural (archaeology) presentations for STEM students, and it seemed like none of the students were interested in the life sciences. I was a little discouraged. You may be interested – Ken Burns gave a wonderful commencement speech at Standford in June. I found it on the web. Enough babbling. Thank you for your interesting and well written blogs. May life bring you all of the best. Laura Merrill in Yuma, entomologist, animal lover.

    On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 1:23 PM, Notes from the West wrote:

    > notesfromthewest posted: “Science Technology Engineering Mathematics On > Friday, October 28th, [the Pima College Northwest Campus] hosted the second > AZ STEM Adventure. We had over 1100 high energy 4th-8th graders on our > campus. The students participated in a wide variety of STEM” >

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