Story by Patty Miramontes // Viking
Glowing germs, volcano demonstrations, burning of colorful flames and underwater robotics were highlights of the 5th annual Science Night on Friday, May 19, at the LAC.
Demonstrations by LBCC students and employees included viewing glowing germs on one’s hands in the microbiology lab, burning of colorful flames in the chemistry lab and getting blood pressure readings from registered nursing students along with underwater robotics demonstrations.
“The goal is to get young people interested in math, science and engineering,” microbiology teacher Robyn Arias said. “Science Night has grown over the years so it’s cool to see it blossom.”
The talks centered on geography and physics demonstrations. Informational videos were shown in the Planetarium with one outlining the Great American Eclipse that will be seen Aug. 21.
Earthquake and volcano demonstrations were arranged by the Future Teachers Club.
Helping with the volcano demos was Jasmine Mendoza, 21, who is aspiring to be an elementary school teacher: “I love every single process of science. It’s hands on so I love seeing their little faces. That just makes me happy.”
Megan Kaplinsky, the adviser for the club, said, “There is a shortage of STEM teachers so the Future Teachers Club of LBCC is excited to bring science, technology engineering and math to the forefront of people’s attention, especially as we train future teachers.”