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Christmas in the Lab

December 17, 2012

    The science labs at Bay City High School were the scene for "Christmas in the Lab" on December 13. Cherry Elementary POWER GRID and BRT students and their parents were treated to holiday snacks and then taken into the labs for a series of hands-on scientific experiments with a holiday "theme." BCHS POWERSET and WIT students guided the younger students through three stations where everyone saw how chemical reactions create ice cream, turn a penny into a shiny, gold coin, and how a little muscle used to vigorously shake a test tube full of chemicals can make a new, shiny, silver ornament for Mom.

    POWERSET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology) is a program sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at Texas A&M University and provides young women with the educational tools and support they need to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). WIT (Workforce Industry Training) is another program of NPI. It is for both male and female high school students who have an interest in STEM-related careers, but are interested in two-year technical degrees or certificates.

    POWERSET students serve as mentors to the POWER GRID (Girls Responding to Industry Demands) at the elementary and middle school level, while the WIT students mentor the BRT (Boys Resourcing Technology Programs) pre-teens.

    At Bay City High School, WIT sponsor is Jill Lowry, and POWER SET sponsor is Vanessa Parker. Cherry Elementary fifth grade science teacher Jackie Ramsey accompanied the Cherry Elementary students to Christmas in the Lab.

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    Christmas-girls

    Christmas-icecream



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