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STLCC-Wildwood to Host STEM Night

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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STLCC-Wildwood hosts STEM Night Feb. 7

What are some of the tools scientists use to understand our world? How does technology enhance our personal lives? What conservation efforts are underway to protect our regional natural resources?

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood invites families to explore these topics and more at STEM Night, a free community event on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood.

From star gazing and fossils to robots, digital transformation, medical technology and more, the event aims to expose guests to topics in science, technology, engineering and math.

Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., professor of science and department chair, and Katie Siech, laboratory technician, are coordinating the event at STLCC-Wildwood.

Students participating in STEM activities“All aspects of our lives connect back to STEM,” Chowdhury said. “STEM careers are on the rise. At STLCC, we want to not only provide kids with hands-on learning experiences, but also create opportunities for our community to connect with professionals in these fields.”

A number of community partners will lead activities at STEM Night, including: Adventure 360, St. Louis Audubon Society, Metro West Fire Protection District, Microsoft, Missouri American Water, Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Louis Astronomical Society, St. Louis Student Robotics Association, U.S. Department of Energy, and more.

“We’re excited to welcome the community to our campus for STEM Night,” Siech said. “Guests can expect to engage with a number of different STEM offerings that are sure to challenge their thinking and expand their knowledge.”

Guests are encouraged to visit the exhibits at their leisure throughout the evening. At 7 p.m., Ron Giesler, director of Adventure 360, will share his love of dinosaurs with the young and young-at-heart. Real fossils from the cretaceous period will be shown as part of his presentation.

Giesler is a scientist and educator with extensive expertise in paleontology. Prior to founding Adventure 360, he spent 20 years developing exhibits at the Saint Louis Science Center, including the highly-popular Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site.

Wildwood students“I’m a firm believer in experiential learning, and I enjoy creating unique experiences that allow people to make their own discoveries,” Giesler said. “Watching the excitement when someone identifies their first fossil or has a real paleontologist answer their question is a true thrill for me. I look forward to showcasing the work we’ve done at Adventure 360, and I encourage guests to bring their questions and be prepared to get their hands dirty as we explore dinosaur fossils.”

STEM Night is sponsored by STLCC-Wildwood's Science Club in partnership with the Rockwood School District and St. Louis Student Robotics Association. With the exception of star gazing, all activities will be held indoors.

Click on this link for STEM Night updates.

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