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SCC Participates in STEM Education Month

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Surry Community College is participating in STEM Education Month throughout April. The month-long North Carolina Science Festival is inspiring several events hosted by SCC’s Science Division and by the SCC Library.

SCC’s Science Division and Library partnered to host two events to help the community learn more and prepare for the best ways to view the eclipse. The first was a presentation by SCC’s Science Division entitled “Moon Photobombs Sun: A Guide to Solar Eclipses.” The second event was an eclipse viewing experience hosted by SCC’s Library.

Surry Community College is hosting an Agriculture Day for local high school students. The event will be held on April 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in the courtyard of the Dobson campus. The event will feature an agricultural presentation for students, a petting zoo, and a cash-only plant sale. This event is open to students and community members.

Later in April, two Surry Community College science alumni will speak on their research and careers, giving perspective to potential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career opportunities. On Thursday, April 18, Jayne Willard, Biologist with the National Park Service, will talk about her work on the collapse of the cottonwood tree and implications for wildlife populations in the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area in Minnesota. Winter Gary, Executive Director with the Highlands Biological Foundation, will speak on conservation work at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, N.C. The event, which is free and open to the public as well as students, faculty, and staff, will be held in room A-121 on SCC’s Dobson campus from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Finally, Surry Community College invited homeschooling families and SCC students to join a BioBlitz on the Surry Community College campus in Dobson. A BioBlitz is an event where participants find, identify, and record as many species as possible in an area. It’s an event that combines education and exploration along with an opportunity to engage with nature, learn about biodiversity, and contribute valuable data to scientific research.

Due to Surry Community College’s participation in STEM Education Month, SCC’s Science Division was invited to attend a reception at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh on March 6, where the governor’s proclamation on STEM Education Month was read.

For more information about STEM Education Month, contact Jeff Jones, SCC Science Division Chair, at jonesjr@surry.edu or (336) 386-3391.

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