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May 5: First Saturday Science: MN Soil and Water

First Saturday Science is a program designed by Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) for community children of all ages to expand their exposure to science. Once a month, students are guided through an exploration of a specific field of inquiry in a hands-on laboratory.

May’s First Saturday Science session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 5 in rooms 114 and 116 at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, 664 East Sixth Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55106.

This month’s theme is Minnesota soil and water. Soil is more than just dirt that sticks to the bottom of your shoe. Soil and water are capable of supporting plant life and are vital to life on Earth. Learn how important water and soil are to life on Earth, as well as its many amazing uses and properties.

The goal of this program is to demonstrate the accessibility of science: that it is for everyone to discover and experience and that it encompasses many diverse and realistic options for future careers.

No RSVP needed. The event is free for kids of all ages (youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Oct. 31: Spooky Science Halloween

A fun science-related event for the community is hosted by the Metropolitan State University Natural Sciences Department 5 to 8 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Metropolitan State University, Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, atrium and skyway entrance

The free event is family friendly and open to the public. Activities include the ‘MetroDome Planetarium’, microscope exploration, skull and scavenger hunt, slime making and candy.

St. Paul Pioneer Press visits Metropolitan State

Pat Effenberger and Mike Burbach, editorial board member and editor, respectively of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, visited Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus to meet with Executive Vice President and Provost Ginny Arthur, June 16, 2016. The newspaper journalists met with the incoming president to discuss Metroplitan State’s role and vision for itself and the community, and toured the new Science Education Center.

In the News: Solar panels shine light on Science Education Center

Energy for the 60,000-square-foot building, in the form of a roof-mounted, 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array, is provided by an Xcel Energy grant.
Energy for the 60,000-square-foot building, in the form of a roof-mounted, 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array, is provided by an Xcel Energy grant.

Quality education powers the future of our communities, and Xcel Energy is proud to play a role in providing energy for the new state-of-the-art Science Education Center on the campus of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

Xcel Energy writes about its $110,000 grant to bring solar panels to Metropolitan State.

April 22: Science Education Center open house

Metropolitan State’s new Science Education Center on the
Saint Paul Campus opened for classes at the start of spring semester. Two events celebrating the opening are coming up in April.

Metro State students, faculty and staff are invited to a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting beginning at noon, April 12. Community, business and higher education leaders, elected officials and supporters of the university are also welcome. E-mail rsvp.sec@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1545 to attend. View the event flyer here.

The community is also invited to an open house, 3–6 p.m., April 22. This event includes an inflatable planetarium, magic planet, slime making, dinosaur exhibit, rock exhibit, 3-D projections of the human body and microscopic examination of aquatic invertebrate pond life. Refreshments are provided and the building and classrooms will be open for self-guided tours.

The College of Science faculty and staff are also planning “Seven Days of Science” during April featuring guest speakers and activities. More information coming soon.


Science Education Center open for spring semester

Metropolitan State’s new Science Education Center (SEC) is now open on Saint Paul Campus. The facility includes 6,000 square feet of classroom space and 19,500 square feet of lab space, greatly expanding Metro State’s capacity to provide extraordinary science education.

“We’ve gone from having very few science facilities to having top-notch technology in a very short period of time,” says Ramin Daghigh, associate professor and department chair, Natural Science. “This will help us attract faculty as well as students.”

The SEC houses research labs for each department, allowing undergraduate students pursuing science degrees to gain valuable research experience. The first floor provides classrooms and labs for physics, earth and environmental sciences. Biology facilities are on the second floor, and the third floor is home to chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.

According to Daghigh, the science faculty played a key role in planning the SEC. “The architects were very good at communicating and asking what our needs are,” says Daghigh. “Every detail is a footprint of a faculty member.”

Classes start at the SEC at the beginning of spring semester. It is located at the corner of East Sixth Street and Mounds Boulevard on Saint Paul Campus and can be reached by skyway from the first floor of Founders Hall.  A formal grand opening is planned in April 2016.

New tutoring location at Science Education Center

The Center for Academic Excellence announces the opening of its new tutoring location in Room 122 of the new Science Education Center (SEC). Students may receive appointment-based tutoring in math, science, and information and computer sciences courses at this location. Science and math tutoring in Saint Paul was previously located in LIB 130; that location continues to offer Writing Center tutorials.

For more information contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 651-793-1460 or centerfolk@metrostate.edu. Visit this link to schedule an appointment online.