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STEM Zone Saturday

Program Description

The STEM Zone Saturday virtual monthly program provides engagement in the sciences and engineering fields for 3rd–12th grade local, state, nation-wide and global students who interact with UH STEM Faculty, UH STEM Center Outreach Squad, undergraduates, industry partners, and like-minded peers. Since 2018, UH STEM Center has collaborated with the non-profit organization, Kids’ Lives Matter, and is committed to supporting students in the 3rd/5th Ward public housing communities and surrounding school districts. In the U.S., female, minority, and economically disadvantaged students are underrepresented in STEM majors and careers. Factors that influence reduced engagement in STEM:

  1. Few female and minority role models
  2. Little real world application found in math and science courses
  3. Low student research population

Program Benefits

All registrants receive a STEM Kit that provides tangible materials used to explore during the program’s instruction which is led by UH Faculty, external industry partners, and UH STEM Center Outreach Squad members who are undergraduate and graduate students representing various STEM disciplines. The provision of STEM Kits that are hands-on and minds-on is crucial to ensure that the level of instructional rigor is focused on real – world concepts that sets a tone of excellence and scientific achievement for the students to experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Faculty members, student organizations, industry professionals are encouraged to contact the UH STEM Center at 713-743-4799 to inquire about the opportunity to host presentations during the STEM Zone Saturday Program. This program also benefits National Honor Society high school students who are looking to fulfill their volunteer expectations and will acquire leadership training on mentoring as well as instructional content.

STEM Zone Saturday in the News

The STEM Zone Saturday program has been highlighted in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics “Insider Newsletter” that provides an overview of the October event focused on superconductivity. Details about the event can be found here.

Spring 2021 Program Dates

The following is common for all program dates.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Online, Zoom Link will be emailed upon registration
  • Requirements: Computer with Camera
  • Materials: STEM Kits are available from the UH STEM Center. Further details provided upon registration.

Registration links for each program date can be found below.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/B8EehZMJPb6TgxFb7

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Dr. Thomas Thesen Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    • Ashley Schwartz Program Coordinator 2, Diversity and Outreach
  • Mayo Clinic
    • Dr. Karen E. Blackmon Senior Associate Consultant
  • Chevron
    • Shital Parmar Software Engineer
    • Titantian Zhang Petroleum Engineer
    • Abraham Lin Software Application Engineer
    • Ezinne Okwuonu Admin VP
    • Steven Prentice Transactional Processing Officer

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/8qX9NF4oz3FrYQEdA

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Education, Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    • Dr. Norma Olvera Professor & The Obesity Society Fellow, 2017
      USDA E. Kika de la Garza Fellow, 2016 ADVANCE Administrative Fellow Director of The Latino Health Disparities Lab
  • University of Houston College of Technology
    • Dr. Zheng Fan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology
  • University of Houston Equal Opportunity Services (EOS)
    • David D. Brittain, Jr. Director of Investigations, B.B.A., University of Houston
      J.D., South Texas College of Law

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/G6gaGCQ9Bgt6NDmw8

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Dr. Maureen O. Grissom, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
    • Dr. Kimberly A. Nguyen, PharmD Assistant Dean of Student & Professional Affairs, Clinical Assistant Professor
    • Dr. Joshua Wollen, PharmD Clinical Assistance Professor
    • Nekesa Sapp Director of Pharmacy Recruiting
  • NASA
    • Angelica Garcia Simulation and Software Engineer, Virtual Reality Training Facility, CACI, NASA JSC

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Details forthcoming

Questions?

Contact us at 713-743-4799 or stem@central.uh.edu.