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MCTC Science Division Recognition Event April 30

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC Science students.

MCTC Science students at the 2013 recognition event.

Please join the talented Science students, faculty, tutors and friends at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) as they showcase their hard work and accomplishments at the 4th annual Science Department Student Recognition Event Wednesday, April 30 from 2:30–6 p.m on the Science Center 3rd floor!

  • 2:30–4:15 p.m.—Student project display and poster sessions; meet & mingle
  • 4:15–6 p.m.—Award ceremony and music

Special honorees include:

  • Students graduating with an A.S. degree in the sciences
  • Science students transferring from MCTC to another institution
  • Science tutors
  • Work-study students in science labs
  • Student officers, project leaders of the STEM Career and Internship Club, Engineering Club, Science Club, Urban Farm Collective and Three-Legged Frog Club
  • Students who have participated in research projects or obtained summer research fellowships or internships
  • S-STEM, North Star STEM, MM-STEM and PDL-BioPharma scholarship recipients
  • Students with other special achievements

All Science and Engineering students, faculty and friends are invited! Showcase your accomplishments and celebrate your success with family and friends! The Science division is proud of all its students.

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Open House banner

You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.


STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

Research is Booming at Community Colleges, and MCTC is No Exception

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC students at the capitol present their research. Pictured: Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble and Instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

MCTC students presented their research at an event in the Capitol rotunda. From left to right: MCTC Biotechnology student Felix Meyer, Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, MCTC Biotechnology student Kendra Prum and MCTC Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor Rekha Ganaganur.

Last week science students from community colleges around Minnesota gathered in the Capitol rotunda and presented the findings of research projects they’d participated in. Students from MCTC’s Biotechnology program and STEM Internship Club presented both individual and group research on topics including DNA barcoding, comparative analysis of essential oils and metal-resistant bacteria and its application in bioremediation. Students were accompanied by MCTC faculty mentors Rekha Ganaganur (Chemistry and Biotechnology) and Renu Kumar (Biology). Click here to read more about the growth of research in two-year colleges.

MCTC Science Center Open House Feb. 23, 2012

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

Thursday, February 23, 2012, from 4 – 6 p.m.
1501 Hennepin Ave, Downtown Minneapoils, Science Building Lobby

Join MCTC’s science faculty and staff for an open house to learn more about our unique science programs.  Live music and refreshments will be provided, student science projects will be on display and tours of the science building are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,  and 6 p.m.

So come to Sing with Scientists, Tango with Technologists, be Entertained by Engineers, Aspire among Artists and Make Music with Mathematicians!

Please contact Laura Ackerman at (612) 659-6471 or Parke Kunkle (612) 659-6068 for more information.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College Announces Partnership with Boston Scientific to Launch Math and Science Initiatives for Minneapolis High School Students

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation today as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.

Funding by Boston Scientific will provide a clear pathway for students who are interested in math, science and technology but have fallen off the college math track in middle school or high school. The initiative links the AchieveMpls Career and College Centers, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer jobs program and two successful programs at MCTC—Jump Start to College and the Power of YOU program.

“I am pleased that Boston Scientific is stepping forward as a corporate partner to help close the gap that exists in preparing students for careers in science and technology,” stated Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “This is what the ‘Minneapolis Promise’ is all about—working together, focusing and giving our Minneapolis students the opportunity to succeed.”

The pathway for high school students will comprise:

  • Outreach through Career and College Centers operated by AchieveMpls in each of the seven Minneapolis high schools,
  • Summer math readiness courses at MCTC that count towards high school graduation and as pre-college developmental (remedial) courses,
  • Summer internships at Boston Scientific through the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program,
  • Creating a Boston Scientific STEM Scholars Program as part of MCTC’s Power of YOU program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Science and math education is a critical focus area for our outreach efforts,” said Marilee Grant, Director of Community Relations for Boston Scientific. “We are excited to launch these partnerships with MCTC, AchieveMpls and the City of Minneapolis, and look forward to seeing aspiring engineers and scientists on our corporate campus this summer.”

Boston Scientific’s first year commitment to this initiative exceeds $100,000. The goal of this program is to serve up to 100 students in its first year.