Mountain View High hosts second STEM Day

Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High School students mix chemicals to create polyurethane “foam gnomes” during hands-on experiments during the school’s second STEM Day last week.

Mountain View High School sponsored its second Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day last week, hosting technologists from Silicon Valley’s research institutions and corporations.

STEM Day invited scientists, mathematicians and technologists from local companies and universities to share their personal and professional experiences with students.

“We hope not only to inspire the high-achieving students, but also those who could use additional motivation to visualize themselves attending college and pursuing science and math in a variety of careers,” said a representative from the school’s STEM Day committee.

Instead of the regularly scheduled math, science, engineering or computer science classes Nov. 26, students attended STEM Day presentations that covered topics such as Aerospace engineering, physics and animation, global climate change, nutrition science and regenerative medicine.

At lunchtime, students participated in additional activities centered around STEM, including hands-on demonstrations in computer programming, ice cream chemistry and robotics.

STEM Day presenters included Kurt Long, aerodynamic research engineer and lab manager at AerospaceComputing Inc. (NASA); Frank Cascarano, physics instructor at Foothill College; Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at Stanford University; Ryan McCarthy, science and technology policy adviser for the California Air Resources Board; Jill Helms, Ph.D., professor at Stanford University; and Alej Garcia, professor at San Jose State University.

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