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STEM Zone Saturday

Program Description

The STEM Zone Saturday virtual monthly program provides engagement in the sciences and engineering fields for 3rd–12th grade local, state, nation-wide and global students who interact with UH STEM Faculty, UH STEM Center Outreach Squad, undergraduates, industry partners, and like-minded peers. Since 2018, UH STEM Center has collaborated with the non-profit organization, Kids’ Lives Matter, and is committed to supporting students in the 3rd/5th Ward public housing communities and surrounding school districts. In the U.S., female, minority, and economically disadvantaged students are underrepresented in STEM majors and careers. Factors that influence reduced engagement in STEM:

  1. Few female and minority role models
  2. Little real world application found in math and science courses
  3. Low student research population

Program Benefits

All registrants receive a STEM Kit that provides tangible materials used to explore during the program’s instruction which is led by UH Faculty, external industry partners, and UH STEM Center Outreach Squad members who are undergraduate and graduate students representing various STEM disciplines. The provision of STEM Kits that are hands-on and minds-on is crucial to ensure that the level of instructional rigor is focused on real – world concepts that sets a tone of excellence and scientific achievement for the students to experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Faculty members, student organizations, industry professionals are encouraged to contact the UH STEM Center at 713-743-4799 to inquire about the opportunity to host presentations during the STEM Zone Saturday Program. This program also benefits National Honor Society high school students who are looking to fulfill their volunteer expectations and will acquire leadership training on mentoring as well as instructional content.

STEM Zone Saturday in the News

The STEM Zone Saturday program has been highlighted in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics “Insider Newsletter” that provides an overview of the October event focused on superconductivity. Details about the event can be found here.


Fall 2022 Program Dates

The following is common for all program dates.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Online, Zoom Link will be emailed upon registration
  • Requirements: Computer with Camera
  • Materials: STEM Kits are available from the UH STEM Center. Further details provided upon registration.

Registration links for each program date can be found below.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Registration Link: forms.gle/zJbcLsuKS1vdo41f7

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • UH Natural Science and Mathematics College - Department of Biology and Biochemistry
    • Adeniyi Adeleye, TA
  • UH Natural Science and Mathematics College - Department of Chemistry
    • Dr. Naihao Chiang, Assistant Professor, Drs. Yao and Song Endowed Professor of Chemistry
  • Microsoft Philanthropies
    • Nagma Meharali, Field Enablement Manager, Computer Science Education

The following is common for all program dates.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Online, Zoom Link will be emailed upon registration
  • Requirements: Computer with Camera
  • Materials: STEM Kits are available from the UH STEM Center. Further details provided upon registration.

Registration links for each program date can be found below.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • Texas General Land Office
    • Thomas Manuel Ortiz, Ph.D., P.E. Petroleum Engineer
  • UH Natural Science and Mathematics College - Physics Department
    • Rebecca Forrest, Ph.D Instructional Professor
  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Medical Student Panel
      • Breanna Chachere
      • Geina Iskander
      • Jalyce Taylor

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • UH Cullen College of Engineering, The Brain Center
    • Alexander Steele Research Assistant/TE, Electrical Engineering
  • UH College of Medicine
    • Medical Student Panel
      • Geina Iskander
      • Sierra Cowan
      • Iliana Oberkircher
    • Ashley Schwartz Program Coordinator 2, Diversity and Outreach
  • UH College of Education, Dept. of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
    • Kayce D. Solari Williams, Ph.D., MPH, MS Clinical Associate Professor; President, American School Health Association

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • NURSYS R US
    • Stacey Forte` DNP-C MSN-Ed RN CEO/Founder
  • UH College of Education
    • Clara Andrews EMT-B; National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • UH College of Medicine
    • Sierra Cowan Medical Student
    • Ashley Schwartz Program Coordinator 2, Diversity and Outreach

Saturday, December 4, 2021

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • METRO
    • William Garcia Associate Staffing Representative, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
  • UH Research Health Institute
    • Shalan Washington Community Health Worker I
  • UH Cullen College of Engineering
    • Yagazie Anokam Mechanical Engineering Student

Saturday, January 29, 2022

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • UH College of Pharmacy
    • Dr. Kimberly Nguyen Assistant Dean of Student and Professional Affairs | Clinical Assistant Professor
  • The Krishen Foundation
    • Dr. Kumar Krishen NASA Senior Scientist, Lead Technologist, UH Adjunct Professor
  • UH Energy
    • Alan Rossiter Executive Director, External Relations/Educational Program Development
  • UH Energy Coalition
    • Neha Bhat Chair
    • Shivani Patel Vice Chair
    • Afriaa Nasir Vice Chair Corporate Relations

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • City of Houston
    • Perdita “Didi” Chavis Council Chief of Staff Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum, District K
  • UH College of Pharmacy
    • Hispanic Pharmacy Student Association
  • BOUNCE
    • Interns: Adrian Robledo, Temperance Joseph, Isaac Durham

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • Texas Center for Superconductivity (TcSUH)
    • Dr. Karoline Mueller Outreach Coordinator
  • UH College of Medicine
    • Geina Iskander Medical Student
  • Unicat Catalyst Technologies, LLC.
    • Carol Schmidt, P.E. Senior Design and Project Engineer

The following is common for all program dates.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Online, Zoom Link will be emailed upon registration
  • Requirements: Computer with Camera
  • Materials: STEM Kits are available from the UH STEM Center. Further details provided upon registration.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Program STEM Focus: Engineering and Medicine

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Dr. Thomas Thesen Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    • Ashley Schwartz Program Coordinator 2, Diversity and Outreach
  • Mayo Clinic
    • Dr. Karen E. Blackmon Senior Associate Consultant
  • Chevron
    • Shital Parmar Software Engineer
    • Titantian Zhang Petroleum Engineer
    • Abraham Lin Software Application Engineer
  • Univeristy of Houston Baur College of Business, MISSO
    • Ezinne Okwuonu Admin VP
    • Steven Prentice Transactional Processing Officer

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Program STEM Focus: Health Science, Robotics, and Law

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You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Education, Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    • Dr. Norma Olvera Professor & The Obesity Society Fellow, 2017
      USDA E. Kika de la Garza Fellow, 2016 ADVANCE Administrative Fellow Director of The Latino Health Disparities Lab
  • University of Houston College of Technology
    • Dr. Zheng Fan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology
  • University of Houston Equal Opportunity Services (EOS)
    • David D. Brittain, Jr. Director of Investigations, B.B.A., University of Houston
      J.D., South Texas College of Law

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Program STEM Focus: Careers in Medicine and Space Exploration

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You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners:

  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Dr. Maureen O. Grissom, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
    • Dr. Kimberly A. Nguyen, PharmD Assistant Dean of Student & Professional Affairs, Clinical Assistant Professor
    • Dr. Joshua Wollen, PharmD Clinical Assistance Professor
    • Nekesa Sapp Director of Pharmacy Recruiting
  • NASA
    • Angelica Garcia Simulation and Software Engineer, Virtual Reality Training Facility, CACI, NASA JSC

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Program STEM Focus: Space Travel and Habitation

Flyer

You will meet the following UH Faculty, undergraduate/graduate students and external partners.

  • University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
    • Dr. Olga Bannova, Director, SICSA (Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture), Research Professor
  • UH STEM Center Outreach Squad Members
    • Clarissa Rodriguez, Biology
    • Sophia Urh, Chemical Engineering
    • Daniela Iniguez, Biology
    • Ezinne Okwuonu, Computer Information Systems
    • Tim Ford, Biology
    • Diego Ramirez, Electrical Power Engineering Technology
    • Stevie Nash, Environmental Science
    • Alex Chu, Mechanical Engineering

Questions?

Contact us at 713-743-4799 or stem@central.uh.edu.