Students from Woodland Community College were invited for an immersion day on campus! The goal of this event was to introduce the idea of graduate school and conducting research to the students.
1. California Raptor Center
Students learned about ongoing avian research and conservation efforts at the California Raptor Center.
2. Graduate Student Panel
Next, our students attended a Graduate Student Panel and learned about the journey of two current graduate students at UCD, Camilo Echeverria and Angelica Carranza. Both graduate students had previously attended community college and gave a unique insight to the Woodland students.
3. Lab tour - Sean Collins lab
Our first lab tour began at the Sean Collins lab in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Current graduate student, Diana Sernas, gave a brief presentation on the ongoing research of the lab, showed the powerful microscopes used, and showed off their lab space! For many students, this was their first time stepping into a lab.
4. Exploring campus
We took the students to explore Shields library and to a 500-student lecture room. Many students had never seen a lecture room of this size!
5. Lab tour - Shock Compression lab
To end our day, we toured the Shock Compression lab in the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Current project scientist, Dylan Spaulding guided our tour. Students learned about the ongoing research of the lab, had first hand experience of seeing the extremely large canons used by the lab, and held different projectiles used in previous experiments.
A special thanks to Dr. Lorena Navarro, MESA director at Woodland CC and to our funding sources: Graduate and Professional Student (GAPS) grant and Beyond Tolerance grant.
5th and 6th grade students became engineers for a day! The problem they tackled: Getting a ball into a bucket. Solution: Make a catapult! Beamer Elementary students used popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cardboard, and teamwork to create a catapult. We also taught them about the differences between accuracy and precision.
In-person STEM Lesson with STEM Squad
Join us in making science fun for middle school students in the Woodland and Winters area through in-person STEM lessons (must be vaccinated). The commitment includes a 1hr prep session at UC Davis, then sessions Tuesday and/or Thursday 2:30-4:30pm (including travel time) at the middle schools. There will also be the opportunity to design and lead lessons, but volunteering first is advised. If you would like to help facilitate a lesson, please fill out this form and let us know here.
K-8 Outreach Opportunities