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Elementary Students Tour Florissant Valley Campus

February 11, 2015

A student doing a live broadcast at KCFV.

Students from Duchesne Elementary School visited St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley on Feb. 6 to tour the campus and explore possible career pathways.

Approximately 32 students were divided into four groups and rotated through hands-on activities on campus.

The students attended an aviation session and toured KCFV-FM, the student radio station.

“We had the students on air and they recorded a piece,” said Paul Huddleston, KCFV supervisor. “They took all of these recordings back to school on a CD.”

Duchense students visit  
Students using micropipettes during a
biotechnology activity.

They participated in biotechnology activities, using micropipettes to transfer colored water to 96 well plates that revealed a hidden message, and extracted DNA from strawberries and made a necklace or bracelet out of their tube of DNA.

“We are always excited about having young people on campus and exposing them to all the wonderful programs we have,” said Ruby Curry, president at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

During an engineering design session, the students were first given an overview of the differences in job functions and education paths for engineers versus technicians. They were instructed on how to use the Solidworks Solid Modeling software to design a model of a sport utility vehicle and took an existing design of an SUV and customized it to meet their own design goals. At the end of the session, students printed out a copy of their design to take with them.

“The students learned a lot of new things, had fun, and many said they would attend college at STLCC-Florissant Valley,” said Janice Fitzgerald, enrollment management coordinator at STLCC. “It takes a village and teamwork to accomplish great things.”