Thursday, May 2, 2013
Science Community Center at Modesto Junior College: Ribbon Cutting on May 21st! Come and have a look...
I feel that this may be the finest facility for teaching science at any community college in the state (yes, I am biased). It includes a planetarium with the most advanced star projector in North America, a state-of-the-art observatory, and a vastly expanded Great Valley Museum including Science on a Sphere. We expect in the next year to install an adjacent outdoor nature laboratory as well. The facility includes laboratories and smart classrooms for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, and of course, Geology.
Posted by Garry Hayes at 11:42 PM
Labels: Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, Observatory, planetarium, Science Community Center, science education
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Looking good. I'll bet you're glad it's finished and opening.
You should thank your administrators and board of trustees who made good decisions regarding priorities.
Here at East L.A. College our administration and board decided to build a state of the art baseball field, benefiting the few dozen young men who are on the baseball team (the women get their own field). Meanwhile the science departments who serve thousands of students (literally, we're a big school) are in bungalows.
It's positively criminal how many schools around the state and around the country are short changing science education.
For instance, check out this science survey by Pew research: http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/
Only 7% of Americans were able to answer all 13 questions correctly -- questions that any Middle School kid should be able to answer!
So thank you to MJC for setting a great example! I hope my district decides to copy you...
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