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Jennings Students Plant Seeds for the Future at Florissant Valley

June 23, 2014

Students engage in a measuring activity during a dietetic

Students from Jennings Middle School recently visited St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley to tour the campus and explore potential  career pathways.

“We are always excited about having young people on campus and exposing them to all the wonderful programs we have,” said Ruby Curry, acting vice president of academic affairs at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “They are a part of our community, and we want the students to see us as a viable option when they start considering college.”

Curry said it was about planting seeds for the future and making the students think about the classes they need to take while in middle school and high school so they can be better prepared when they transition to college.

Approximately 230 students visited the campus. They were divided into groups and rotated through hands-on activities on campus.

Students were introduced to various methods for drawing “realistically” using pencil and paper. Simple forms such as boxes and other still life objects served as subject matter. Concepts such as construction and diagramming were presented.

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A student doing a live broadcast at KCFV.

The students toured KCFV-FM, the student radio station, and had an opportunity to do a live broadcast.

In an engineering technology session, they participated in a hands-on activity in the CAD lab where they learned about how solid modeling software is used in product design specifically related to 3-D printing. 

Students attended a dietetic session where they learned about the importance of accurate measuring and the use of the proper equipment to measure different food items. The students had to draw a conclusion as to why a liquid measure and dry measure did not weigh the same. The students had to use math skills and critical-thinking skills. 

During a nature walk, the students stopped by the campus pond to conduct shallow water sampling with aquatic nets to find what animals live underwater.

“They were fascinated to find snails and dragonfly larvae in the pond water, and they learned that some familiar colorful insects like the dragonfly spend their juvenile life developing underwater before transforming into adults,” said Zoe Geist, STLCC biology instructor. “I believe this hands-on experience was fun and enriching as students learned how scientists conduct studies to learn more about nature.”