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The STEM Center

Empowering K-12, college students and the community by creating a pathway to college and career success by utilizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

CA Students in BI 112 SE Students in CH 221 perform dilutions for a spectroscopy lab classroom of students watching a robot student working with machining equipment SE Campus BI 231 Students identify landmarks of the human skullLearning about Anatomy and Physiology on the SE Campus students watching a robot competition presentation by ohsu slide of an organmeterologist presenting to group booth with STEM materials doing an experiment group watching a presentation jessica howard and guest holding a book called Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States

PCC provides and strengthens opportunities for Portland-area students in STEM education.

STEM fields –

  • sciences,
  • technology,
  • engineering, and
  • mathematics

– are recognized for their importance in the technological advancement of societies and for their increasing role in the workforce of the future. Emphasizing innovation and critical thinking, STEM skills are increasingly important in order to succeed in a knowledge-based economy.

Highlights

In the Learning Garden

Picture of cocoons

This week in the Learning Garden we put up our brand new Mason Bee House! We also placed the cocoons out so that they can warm up and wake up! Mason Bees are a native, gentle, solitary bee that does not produce honey or sting. Instead, each Mason Bee female spends its short life using mud to build compartments in which to lay its eggs (hence the name "mason"). They are super effective pollinators, collecting pollen that will be stored with the egg. Mason bees are extremely helpful creatures to have in the garden and super simple to care for!

Picture of Mason Bee hive installed on the wall of the Learning Garden Shed

Sexism in STEM: Trials, Triumphs & Hope

We are proud to announce our first annual "Sexism in STEM: Trials, Triumphs & Hope" forum hosted by the PCC STEM Center. We will gather to explore the difficult challenges women and gender non-conforming individuals face as researchers, engineers, and educators of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

For the evening of Friday, April 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in PCC SE's Community Hall, high school and college students are invited to participate in dialogue with female STEM professionals and community leaders. Hear their stories, ask questions, and explore support from local organizations dedicated to providing resources for young women interested in STEM careers. The event is free, and food and drink will be provided by local women-owned businesses.

Registration is taking place through Eventbrite, and an RSVP is required for attendance as space is limited. Please go to the registration page to reserve your space.

Flier for Sexism in STEM

Research opportunities
Interested in marine science or climate change? Take a look at the many new summer research opportunities open to PCC students! See our Scholarships and Fellowships page for more info!

Picture of scientist testing a liquid substance