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Welcome to the STEM Center 

1200 Building (Campus Map)
509-793-2306

Description

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center is a collaborative study area open to all BBCC enrolled students, including GED/DVS. Here you will find support for a variety of math, science, and engineering courses. Specifically, the STEM Center offers drop-in tutoring, Supplemental Instruction or SI (group tutoring), support from full-time (faculty) instructors, STEM related advising, and other resources. These resources include: access to Wi-Fi, computer work stations, printing and scanning, white board tables, dry erase windows, science and engineering course software, laptops and calculators (for daily checkout ONLY), anatomy and physiology models (also for STEM Center use ONLY), textbooks with selective answers, and private study rooms. 

Students may use all spaces and technology during STEM Center Study Hours to collaborate with peers, receive help from a tutor/SI Leader, or relax between study sessions. Due to the collaborative nature of the STEM Center, the STEM Center environment is not quiet like a library. The STEM Center perpetuates more of a healthy, vibrant learning environment, which encourages all students to be engaged. Tutors are not available for all subjects all day. Please refer to our online schedule and calendar (below) for more subject specific information. We also encourage you to continue reading to learn more about our types of tutoring and support services to make the best of your experience when you visit the STEM Center.

STEM Center Study Hours 

Summer 2018 (July 2 – August 10): Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. * Closed for 4th of July Holiday

Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring is tutoring service where you can drop-in and receive help in math, science, and engineering courses. No appointment is necessary! Support for most subjects is typically available throughout the week. However, not all subjects are available all day. This schedule outlines when specific subjects are offered. If you have any questions regarding the schedule please contact Veronica Guadarrama

How to Request a Tutor:

While in the STEM Center you can request help from a tutor by:

  1. Approaching the tutor/SI Leader directly and asking for help.
  2. Letting the Front Desk Clerk know you need help. They’ll direct you the appropriate tutor.
  3. Using one of the three Tutor Q request kiosks available throughout the STEM Center.
  4. Requesting tutor help online with the link HERE.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model developed by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) in 1973 that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success within targeted historically difficult courses1. If your class is denoted as a targeted difficult course, your class will be assigned a SI Leader.

Who is a SI Leader?

An SI leader is typically a student that previously excelled in the course, is instructor recommended, sits in on lecture/lab and then provides learning sessions dedicated to your course content. The SI leader is trained in academic assistance to prepare them to facilitate SI sessions. To facilitate these sessions, the leader comes to each session prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course and how to maximize their potential for their academic success2.

What does a typical SI Session look like?

SI sessions are regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions for all students enrolled in a targeted course. The sessions are informal group seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for examinations. Students also learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills2.

How are SI Schedules Made?

During the first week of class your SI Leader will provide a survey to your class to determine the best time to hold SI Sessions throughout the quarter. This will determine the SI Leader’s consistent quarterly schedule after the first week of class. These sessions are subject to change (sessions cancelled/added) due to the SI Leader’s schedule, holidays, and extra review days (if needed). To find more information regarding a specific SI class please refer to the SI Schedule (below) or check with the STEM Center Front Desk Clerk. 

Where are SI Sessions Held?

SI sessions are held in the STEM Center (unless otherwise posted). The quarterly schedule for SI is included below.

Summer 2018 SI/Tutoring Support Schedules

Summer 2018 SI Sessions/Tutoring Support

Summer 2018 SI Sessions/Tutoring Support
CLASS DATE & TIME
(2 hours)
CLASS & INSTRUCTOR SI Leader(s)/Tutor Date/Time for SI Location for SI
7:50 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. DAILY BIOL&100 with L. Odegaard Jared Cochran Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & MTW 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. In STEM Center
8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. DAILY MATH&146 with S. Abed  Kirsten Davison

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p. m. 

 In STEM Center
8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. DAILY MATH 097/098/099 with A. Mayer
  • Jeremiah Strzelczyk
  • Allen Hermans
  • John Oh
  • Javier Ramirez
  • Angel Barron
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  In STEM Center
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. DAILY MATH 097/098/099 with S. Abed
  • Jeremiah Strzelczyk
  • Allen Hermans
  • John Oh
  • Javier Ramirez
  • Angel Barron
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In STEM Center

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   DAILY

CHEM&121 with J. Peterson Jose Castillo Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  STEM Center
12:30pm – 2:30pm DAILY CHEM&121 with A. Keefe  Jose Castillo Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. STEM Center
ARRANGED MATH&141 with  B. Harberts
  • Elexa Harris
  • Jeremiah Strzelczyk
  • Angel Barron
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Online & in STEM Center
ARRANGED MATH&142 with B. Harberts
  • Elexa Harris
  • Jeremiah Strzelczyk
  • Angel Barron
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Online & in STEM Center
ARRANGED MATH&107 with T. Wallace Veronica Guadarrama (STEM Coordinator) Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In STEM Center

Faculty Support in STEM Center

Faculty Support Hours: You may also find many of the Math and Science Department instructors available to help in the STEM Center. We encourage you to take advantage of their support by starting a study group or having questions ready during their hour(s) in the STEM Center. You can find which instructors are available and when under the Faculty Support Hours. Please take the time to thank your instructor for supporting students in the tutoring labs.  Faculty support is provided in 1 hour sessions at the STEM Center.  This is the perfect opportunity to get class help and advising from your instructor.  You may also meet with your instructor during their posted Office Hours found on your syllabus and their office door or you can schedule an appointment.  

Summer 2018 FACULTY CALENDAR

 

Summer 2018 Faculty Support Hours

Math Faculty 
Brinn Harberts TBD
Barbara Whitney N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
Salah Abed TBD
Tyler Wallace TBD
Biology Faculty
Barbara Jacobs N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
Laurie Odegaard TBD
Christy Welch N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
Mariah Whitney N/A: Not Teaching Summer 2018
Chemistry Faculty
Lindsay Groce N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
Sarah Bauer N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
Physics Faculty
Jim Hamm N/A; Not Teaching Summer 2018
 

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Footnotes

  1. Wikipedia
  2. University of La Verne
 
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Calculus Study Group

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