Young people learn the value of STEM

College students teach microbiology and experiments 

Students from Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi brought together resources within the schools and community to give kids a rush for all things science.

The April 21 community event was held throughout the Hector Garcia Science Building on East Campus and offered multiple laboratories and demonstrations for children to sit in on with subjects on microbiology, pH testing and compost utilization.

Danial Nasar Azadani, one of the coordinators of the event and president of Del Mar’s chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, or SACNAS, had been planning the event with his team since the beginning of the semester.

“My main goal was to show the resources we have in our school, and within the community,” he said. “We really, really wanted to get these kids excited with science.”

SACNAS is a national society with chapters in colleges and universities nationwide with the intention of introducing young people, especially minorities, to an education and eventual career in science or STEM fields.

The students who put the event together, complete with live music and food trucks outside the building, hope to hold Science Saturday annually to continue to get kids excited about science.

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