Kimberly Teodecki

Lorain County Community College hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) Symposium Friday, Apr. 4. Early college students were encouraged to take part in the symposium that consisted of seven LCCC staff members and current students involved in the Lab Sciences research programs.

“The road to Harvard goes through community colleges,” said Dr. Harry Kestler, professor  as he introduced the students to some of the research opportunities available at the college. “We hope to cure H.I.V. That is a glimpse of what we are doing here at LCCC.”

 Dr. Steven Hubbard, associate professor in the science and mathematics division of LCCC expressed the concept of atmospheric pressure to students as they witnessed a ping pong ball being shot from a PVC-pipe cannon at 300 mph.

Dr. Celestia Lau, science and mathematics professor at LCCC, enlightened students with a small Environmental Chemistry session in which she expressed the growing need for trained chemists to keep the environment clean and healthy by utilizing their skills in the workplace.

The ‘Spectroscopy for Kids (and adults who can behave like kids for at least one hour)’ workshop was hosted by Dr. Kenneth Street, distinguished research associate at LCCC.  This workshop focused on the use of light and matter in science through the use of different types of light bulbs including fluorescent and phosphorescent bulbs.

 Other workshops included Problems Solving with Dr. Ed Meyer, professor and chairman of the physics department at Baldwin Wallace University; Digital Forensics with Mr. Lawrence Atkinson, associate professor of the engineering and information technologies division at LCCC, and Thank You for Flying the Vomit Comet with Dr. Greg DiLisi, Associate professor at John Carroll University.

 All students in session conjoined in the College Center to experience Magical Science, presented by Dr. Regan Silvestri, associate professor in the Science and Mathematics division at LCCC. Among his astonishing demonstrations was his very own rendition of catching fire, when he held a flame in the palm of his hand after lighting the soap bubbles in his palm on fire.

 Brandon Coates, PSEO student at LCCC, spoke at a student panel arranged for early college students to ask questions and interact with current students involved with the Science and Mathematics departments. “[Students] are able to involve [themselves] in the college environment and take classes in a more adult setting. There are a lot of things [high school students] are not able to get into because the resources are not there, but in a college setting, [students] can do a lot of things, like research, that [they] would not be able to do in a high school setting.”

 Among other students in the panel was Teacher’s Assistant Sunny Smith, who alluded to how LCCC and the University Partnership program have helped her accomplish her goals in science and mathematics while being a working mother. Dr. Kathy Durham also encouraged students from all walks of life to consider attending LCCC. “I don’t think we’ve had a single student walk through the door and then want to leave. We have a niche here for everyone.”