NC Science Festival

On Friday, April 20, for the third year, NC STEM Alliance hosted a STEM fair for 4th grade NC Science Festivalstudents from Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School in collaboration with CPCC Science Department as part of a statewide initiative through the Duke Energy North Carolina Science Festival. The goal of the event was to provide elementary students with hands-on STEM-related experiences and experiments to increase STEM awareness. Approximately 35 CPCC NC STEM Alliance students set-up eight stations of pre-designated STEM activities that reinforced science, physics, math, technology and engineering topics the elementary students were learning in the classroom. The Science Division had five demonstrations that provided students with interactive experiences in Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology. They simulated a flood plain, built DNA necklaces, made “elephant toothpaste,” visualized light polarization and performed electromyograms. The Science Fair was enjoyed by children, teachers and parents alike.

NC STEM Alliance Workshop

Man shaking hands with another man at table

All CPCC students are invited to attend this week’s workshop held by the NC STEM Alliance. The topic this week is: “Soft Skills and Interview Skills.” Come out and receive interviewing advice from professionals working in various STEM fields. You will gain experience and skills to help you stand out in any interview. This workshop will be held on March 22, 2018, from 4-5 p.m., in the Zeiss Building, Room 4112 on Central Campus. Hope to see you there!

Scholarship Opportunity for STEM and Allied Health Students

As part of the Strengthening the NCSG Partnership with the NCCCS to Enhance STEM-Based Learning program, NC Space Grant (NCSG) is offering a competitive scholarship opportunity for community college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines at any campus in the NC Community College System (NCCCS). These $2,500 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit.

The Community College STEM Scholarship award will provide students with $2,500 in their sophomore year (Spring 2017 semester) as long as the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and meets other requirements of the award. This scholarship is based on academic merit and potential for successful matriculation into a 4-year degree program.  Awards will be distributed at the end of the semester pending the submission of required reports/projects.

Healthcare programs count as STEM! Application closes November 15. For more information, visit http://ncspacegrant.org/index.php?page=community-college-stem-scholarship-program.

Kudos to the N.C. STEM Fellows

Great job to all North Carolina STEM Fellows that participated in the North Carolina STEM Alliance Research Day – April 15! Stem fellows

A special thank you to all the faculty/staff that assisted the Fellows through their first research experience!

Science: 
A Comparison Study in Dental Radiography
Fellows: Andrew Johnson, Ayana Reid
Research Advisor: Debbie Marcantonio, Dental Department
Abortion and the Empowered Women
Fellow: Christina Hyatt
Fast Food and Its Environment
Fellows: Dominique Payne, Chisom Odoemena, Moria McClain, Diamond Johnson
Research Advisor: Matt Miller, Science Department
Shaping the Future of Pharmacy through Medication Therapy Management
Fellows: Jasmine Jones and Chioma Iwuchukwu
Research Advisor: Karen Garner, Pharmacy Tech Department
Solving Cold Cases: DNA vs. Latent Fingerprinting
Fellows: Alexis Wilkins, Sakinah Horne, Tavius Craig, Mikal Holmes
Research Advisor: Kimberly Miller, Science Department
The Battle for a Better Human: Development of Genome Editing
Fellows: Karriya Bailey, Dannysha George, Rebecca Maldonado, Abdul Matin
Research Advisor: Lauren Jackson, Science Department
Technology:
Disaster Recovery: Data Loss Recovery
Fellows: Jahdiel Couchman, Henrique Weh
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Network Security
Fellows: Greggory Roberts, Louis Stewart
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Physical Security
Fellows: EJ Alexander, Richard Evans
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Power Loss and Business Impact
Fellows: Andre’ Hidalgo, Matthew Harper
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
The Raspberry PI^2 Project
Fellows: Kelvin Clark, Cree St. Juste, Gabrina Middleton, Abas Shiekh, Diamond
   Akagha
Research Advisor: Carl Arrington, IT Department
Engineering: 
Excavator/Articulated Truck vs. Dozer/Scraper Research Analysis
Fellows: Jordan Wright, Jackquez Mays, Lateshia Owens
Research Advisor: Fred Gore, Engineering Technologies Department
Gasoline Hose Innovation
Fellows: Timothy Mubichi, William Waddell
Research Advisor: Kelly O’Shields, Engineering Technologies Department
Need a Hand?
Fellows: J. Nickolas Harris, Zachary Graves, Austin Perez
Research Advisor: Darrin Leer, Engineering Technologies Department
Mathematics:         
Habistats Weatherization Data Project
Fellow: Dimitra Herring
Research Advisor: Lisa Creighton, Mathematics Division

Become a NC STEM Alliance Fellow

Attention STEM students: Are you pursuing an associate degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) program? Find out if you qualify to become a NC STEM Alliance Fellow.

The goal of this grant program is to:

Provide students with the tools they need to navigate their STEM career pathways:

• Financial support/scholarly stipends available

• Targeted tutoring support

• Academic research participation

• Faculty and peer mentoring available

• STEM Navigator – personal contact guides you through college connections

For more information or to see if you qualify, visit www.cpcc.edu/ncsa or contact us at ncsa@cpcc.edu.

2015 STEMersion kicked off at CPCC on July 27

Teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are currently engaging in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internship at CPCC, learning how to prepare their students for jobs of the 21st century.

2015 STEMersion

CMS teachers kickoff 2015 STEMersion at CPCC.

The internship is part of CMS’ STEMersion program, an integrated approach to teaching and learning that applies math and science principals to the solution of real-world problems. For the next two weeks, through August 7, 50 teachers from CMS will participate in STEMersion 2015. The program includes an intensive hands-on learning experience to train the teachers in the skills necessary to complete a variety of high-tech jobs.
Following their instruction at CPCC, the teachers will participate in a handful of professional development immersion internships with some of the top STEM businesses and industries in the Charlotte area, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bosch Rexroth, Piedmont Natural Gas, LPL_Financial, Skookum, Packard Place, Microsoft, Groninger, Peak10, TIAA-CREF, DAETWYLER, Xerox, Premier. Inc., Siemens, Livingston and Haven, AREVA and Duke Energy.
After successfully completing STEMersion 2015, the CMS teachers will create curriculum for use within instructional units across the district in order to better prepare students for today’s workforce.  The partnership with the local STEM companies will help teachers understand how STEM comes to life in the workplace so they can create interesting and relevant lesson plans and authentic projects intended to spark student interest and curiosity in these in-demand career fields.

Celebrating Women in STEM

Did you know that March is both the National Engineering Month and Women’s History Month? To celebrate the two together, the Library has teamed up with Student Life and CPCC STEM-S to produce two exciting presentations called “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in STEM.”

Henrietta Leavitt

Henrietta Leavitt

–       Wednesday, March 20; 11 a.m.-noon: “Henrietta Leavitt, American Astronomer,” presented by David Privette, and “Linda Griffith, Biological Engineer,” presented by RoseMary Seymour
–       Thursday, March 21; 11 a.m.-noon: “Famous Women in Computer Science/Information Technology,” presented by Ann Aksut, Susan Medlin, Lisa LaCaria, Barbara Neequaye and Jean Schoenheit.

LInda Griffith

Linda Griffith

The audience will be able to play the game Centipede, co-designed by a woman, on an Atari game system, with IT faculty presenting on various famous women in IT history.
Both events will be held in the 2nd floor atrium of the Central Campus Library in the LRC building.
In addition, there will be a “Women in Science” exhibit and display during the month of March at the entrance area of the Library.
Come join us at the library for the celebration!