Friday, January 04, 2013
 

For Immediate Release:                                January 4, 2013
Further Information:                                     Paula Green, (626) 914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, (626) 857-3713

 

Citrus College STEM Program Students Conduct Engineering Workshop

 

Forty-seven Glendora Unified School District (GUSD) students explored the basic elements of aerospace engineering at the recent “Focus on Engineering” workshop hosted by Citrus College students who are active in the college’s STEM Program (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 

 

The elementary and middle school students, who are in GUSD’s Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE), spent a half day at the college participating in a hands-on learning activity where they built, and later launched, small Estes rockets.  The college’s STEM students conducted and facilitated the activities, along with engineering students from California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State Los Angeles).

 

It was a very successful event, as the elementary and middle school students learned about near space balloons and rockets,” noted Citrus College Physics Instructor Lucia Riderer.

 

The workshop was sponsored by the Engineering Information Foundation (EIF) and the California Space Grant Consortium, both which actively support some of Citrus College’s STEM Program efforts.  In January 2012, the EIF awarded a $17,000 grant that established “Encourage and Engage Women in Engineering,” a Citrus College program designed to increase the number of female students who pursue degrees and careers in engineering.  In the fall of 2012, the California Space Grant Consortium donated a $10,000 NASA grant to Citrus College and Cal Poly Pomona for a collaborative project, the High Altitude Balloon Project (HAB). 

 

“Citrus College’s recent STEM outreach activity with Glendora’s students demonstrates both institutions’ commitment to academic excellence and student success,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “As educators, we must ensure that students at every level are prepared to enter college, complete their educations, and succeed in the careers of their choice.  Collaborations such as one we have with Glendora Unified School District make those goals possible.”

 

The Citrus College students that participated in the program included members of Citrus College’s Women in Engineering Program, the Rocket Owls, and the students involved in the HAB Project.  The Rocket Owls, a team of six students will participate in NASA’s University Student Launch Program, a rocket launch competition that will take place in Huntsville, Alabama in April 2013. The students of the HAB Project will launch the rocket they designed and built in February 2013.  All of the programs require its participants to conduct outreach activities in their communities that promote STEM education and careers.

 

“I am profoundly impressed with the abilities and achievements of Citrus College’s STEM Program students,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “They are exceptional role models whom, I am sure, have made a lasting impression on younger students and have inspired many of them to further explore the opportunities available in the STEM fields.”

 

In addition to their memories of the workshop, the GUSD student participants have special bragging rights.  A foam glider they designed, built and decorated will accompany the HAB launch in February.

 

 

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For Immediate Release:                                January 4, 2013
Further Information:                                     Paula Green, (626) 914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, (626) 857-3713