Mayor Cox Speaking On STEAM Education At Science Academy Night
“When we blend STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with the arts, we get a more well-rounded student who has the potential to be a critical thinker, a more innovative employee, an entrepreneur and a more engaged citizen,” said Mayor Cox, a former teacher and school administrator.
The Academy of Science at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista is holding a Science Academy Night on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30PM, with special guest speakers, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Professor of Geography at San Diego State University and National Science Foundation Grant Recipient.
Not your average science fair, the Academy of Science students do complex research on topics that range from environmental research, such as student Alonso Garcia’s study of Water Distribution and Environment in the Colorado River, to mathematical formulas that predict the likelihood of animal extinction, like Luis Foglio’s research on Triple Interaction Predator-Prey Modeling.
Participation from science professionals is one of the fundamental keys found at Mater Dei’s Academy of Science. Academy student, Michael Cain, did an internship at USD to do his molecular biology research: CHP 2 Expression in Lung Cancer Cells. Jasmine Ho studied at Children’s Hospital in Vietnam. Nicole Madrazo participated in a summer-long paid research internship through The Life Sciences Summer Institute, where students are mentored by a scientist and shown real-life science methods.
A passionate advocate of STEAM education, Mayor Cox has been strongly committed to enhancing the arts in education in the region. “When we blend STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with the arts, we get a more well-rounded student who has the potential to be a critical thinker, a more innovative employee, an entrepreneur and a more engaged citizen,” said Cox, a former teacher and school administrator.
The core of the Science Academy Night will be an exhibition where students integrate the arts into their research through eye-catching poster displays of their findings. Each student has done their work after participating in a partnership with colleges such as University of San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of California, San Diego, and a wide variety of organizations, including The Old Globe Theater, the National Weather Service, and Magic Horse Equine Therapy.
This FREE event is open to the community – 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913. Ample parking is available in the visitor lot off of Birch Road.
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