The Science and Mathematics Center (SMEC) provides outreach events for K-12 students from surrounding school districts. Many of these events are hosted by the Natural Science Club, a student organization for future science and math teachers. In addition, volunteers are recruited from the CSU, Fresno campus who assist with facilitating the activities that are typically associated with these events.
One of SMEC's most exciting programs, known as Circuit Science, continues into its fourth year. Circuit Science is an outreach program for elementary students in grades three through six, who visit Fresno State for a full morning of exciting hands-on activities designed to build their interest in STEM learning. The program is staffed by students from the NaturaI Science club and other volunteers from across campus. This past academic year's week-long program ran on January 9th-13th and May 21st - 25th, and served nearly 2,000 students from school districts in our service region. The program has become very popular is scheduled for another run May 20th-24th.
Circuit Science takes place in and around the Downing Science Museum and throughout the Science II Courtyard. The program, under the direction of Mr. Jaime Arvizu, SMEC Associate Director, represents the significance placed on STEM Education Outreach to our community by our College of Science and Mathematics.
Stellar Science is an outreach program that is similar to Circuit Science, but is designed to serve students in grades 7th and 8th. Stellar Science ran its pilot year in Spring 2012, where the event ran during two Friday mornings during the spring semester. The program has become successful and is scheduled for another run March 1st and March 15th.
Are You Interested in Bringing Your Own Students?
If you are a teacher from a surrounding school district and you would like to make a reservation to accommodate your students, please contact the Science and Mathematics Education Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-278-5173.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering (CSU, Fresno students only) for either of these events, please contact the Science and Mathematics Education Center at email@example.com or by phone at 559-278-5173.