A mother’s perspective on the S.T.R.E.A.M. Festival

Being that I have an “inquisitive” nine year old child, I thought he would really enjoy the S.T.R.E.A.M. festival hosted by the college at the Oceanside campus. S.T.R.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Elementary and high schools from the district came together with the college to teach children that learning is crucial to innovation.

Every year I happen to be busy when this event rolls around, but this year I made sure to make time.  Before I tell you about the fair, let me give you some background on my son.

My son is full of wonderment. He asks me why clouds float?  How does the sun stay in the air?  How do we not fall off the planet?

So what better way than to spark the imagination of my little ball of energy than by taking him to a science-based festival at my college?

My son’s experiment was a physics experiment where you put a cork on a toothpick (cut so it has a flat tip), poked two long sticks out the side of the cork on opposite ends and put marshmallows on them. That toothpick would balance on anything and everything.  It was a hit with all of the student workers at the event as well and everyone wanted to try it for themselves.


At the booth we were given a MiraCosta College reusable grocery bag for all the goodies we would be collecting along with a map of the different zones, and a passport for my son to fill up and return for prizes.

He stopped by each table and did their experiments. He made slime, conducted electricity, pulled organs out of an anatomy model to learn their names, and dissected a cow’s eyeball.

I saw the wonderment in my son come out. I saw his mind racing as he saw the physics and chemistry experiments.  And these students were able to give him the explanations he needed and related to my son.

“We know. We understand. There were classes I didn’t want to take when I was your age. But I promise you it gets better” or “You have to get through those classes to get to the cool stuff we do in college,” were some of the encouragements they gave him. They were all extremely supportive and motivational for my son.  

The college hosts this event annually free of charge to inspire them to stay in school and get their higher education.  It could even encourage a parent or family member.

The S.T.R.E.A.M. Festival did exactly that and my son knows now that there are cool classes he can look forward to.  

The event was free, but the experience was priceless.

DEBBIE WHITE- Editor in Chief


T-shirts give voice to sexual assault survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Club, NAMI for short, wants to raise awareness through The Clothesline Project.

The Clothesline Project was started in 1990 when a group of women in Cape Cod, Massachusetts heard the statistic that there were approximately 51,000 women in the US killed by men who claimed to love them. The creators wanted an outlet for the victims of sexual and domestic violence to display their emotions. The use of t-shirts on a clothesline is an allusion to the past when women would exchange information while doing laundry and hanging their clothes to dry. As of 2016, there have been over 500 projects around the world taking place everywhere from Massachusetts to Tanzania and involve over 60,000 t-shirts.

MCC’s installation lines the pathways around the clock tower. The shirts are created by both victims of sexual assault and students who wish to show support. “It is important for women at our school to know they have support and allies especially with an asshole in the White House” stated Jacob Saenz who stopped to read the shirts on his way to biology. More shirts will be added to the clotheslines until its end date on Friday April 28th.




12th Annual STREAM festival

Saturday, April 15, the college held their annual S.T.R.E.A.M. Festival at the Oceanside campus attracting K-8 students and their families from the community to participate in science experiments created by several local elementary schools, high schools and college students.  

The college holds this event annually in hopes to inspire young children to want to further their education to the college level and also their families who may be considering continuing their education. S.T.R.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics and these subjects are useful

Children and their families were invited into classrooms to get the full experience of being a college student.  In the anatomy lab, children dissected a cow’s eyeball and used the anatomy models to learn the parts of a body. In the design classroom a person could get 3-D scanned and have their image emailed to them.

S.T.R.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics and these subjects are crucial to creativity and innovation.

The different schools collaborated to create the festival. The event was free and lasted four hours from 1 to 3 p.m.


DEBBIE WHITE: Editor in Chief


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