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Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert 863-784-7329
Dean, Arts and Sciences

STEM Quest 2014

This June, STEM Quest 2014 launches middle school students into the exciting worlds of chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, and genetics in two science-packed learning sessions at the SFSC Highlands Campus.

STEM Quest expeditions are guided by SFSC science educators who take you on a journey of discovery in the college’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Through fun activities and problem-solving challenges, you’ll learn how the ever-advancing fields of science and math are constantly changing the world around you. You may even gain insight into careers you never knew existed.

STEM Quest Sessions

Students can register for one or both STEM Quest sessions:

Thursday-Friday, June 5-6

  • Marvelous Microbiology – Beyond your wildest imagination exists a world of creatures too tiny to be seen with the naked eye. Dr. James Broen introduces you to these strange and astonishing microorganisms and helps you understand why they matter to the planet.

  • What’s In Your Genes? – Everything! Your genetic makeup forms the foundation who you are, determining everything from the color of your eyes to your personality to how long you are likely to live. Dr. Mintoo Patel helps you understand basic genetic principles and learn what your unique genes say about you.

Monday-Tuesday, June 9-10

  • Mathematics Magic – Learn some of the fun things you can do with numbers from math instructor Mary Pierce.

  • Chemistry in Your Daily Life – Why are crackers hard and flat while bread is soft and chewy? Why do onions make you cry? The answer is – chemistry! Dr. Peter Hamlet explains how this science of atomic interactions goes far beyond mixing chemicals in a lab; it impacts every aspect of life.

How to Register/Attendance

The drop-off and pick-up location is the main lobby of the Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr. Health and Science Education Center. Drop-off time is 8-8:30 a.m., and pick-up is 4-4:30 p.m.  

Cost is $40 for each two-day session.

Students may bring their own lunches or purchase lunch at the SFSC cafeteria for $5.

For More Information

Call Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert, dean, Arts and Sciences, at 784-7329 or email