STEM Center

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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 large collaborative study area with glass walls and abundant light that is open for approximately 62 hours per week to all BBCC enrolled students, including GED/DVS. Here you will find a variety of tutoring and instructional support for STEM courses. Specifically, the STEM Center offers students drop-in tutoring, Supplemental Instruction or SI (structured group study), support from full-time faculty, access to Wifi, computer work stations, printing and scanning, white board tables, private study rooms, and various items for checkout. These diverse activities create a healthy, vibrant, and collaborative environment, which is not quiet. We encourage all BBCC students to take advantage of our space and technology to engage with peers, receive help from a tutor/SI Leader/instructor, or relax between study sessions. 

More on the history of the STEM Center here.

Hours of Operation – Closed November 21st through November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Reopens Monday, November 26th at 10am!

  • During the academic year (Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters)
    • Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
    • Closed on Saturdays
    • Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • During Summer Quarter
    • Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Our Guidelines

Help us help you! We ask that all students and guests abide by our guidelines while in our area. Please take a minute to read them. Abiding by these guidelines helps us ensure our space continues to be a welcoming, healthy, inclusive, and collaborative environment. 

Guidelines

  1. As you come in to the STEM Center, please sign in with your Student ID Card! 
    Why is this important?

    If you sign in you are helping us keep an accurate log of how many students are utilizing our services. This tracking data provides validation that our department should continue to be funded. So again, please sign in when you first enter the STEM Center! 

  2. Follow all campus rules and policies. A link to the student code of conduct can be found here.
  3. Be respectful. This means showing a basic consideration of tutors and your fellow students by: showing kindness and courtesy, being polite, not discriminating, respecting differences, respecting our facility, and respecting people’s personal space and possessions. 
  4. Be considerate. This means, but is not limited to: being mindful of your noise level, language, and topic choice while in our space. If you are being too loud and/or your language/topic of choice is not appropriate, you will be politely asked to quiet down and change the behavior. If the behavior does not change you may be asked to leave the facility. This is to ensure the rest of our students can feel they can comfortable. 
  5. When in doubt, ask.  No matter what your question, please ask. We are here to help! We want to help! You just need to ask.
  6. Be patient, but also take initiative. As much as we try our best to help everyone in an efficient manner, sometimes due to demand, getting help may take longer. But, it’s not just a waiting game. If you need help, take initiative. Ask our front desk a question, ask a tutor directly for help, or use our Tutor Q to get on our list of who to help next.
  7. Follow microwave rules. You are allowed to have food in the STEM Center, but you must clean up after yourself. Cleaning items are located by the microwave. Having this microwave is a privilege. If it is not properly maintained it will be removed from the facility. 
  8. Follow checkout guidelines for STEM Center items. Our front desk can checkout: graphic and scientific calculators, laptops, anatomy and physiology models, headphones, textbooks, textbooks with selective answers, and more. Each item has specific checkout rules. Before checking something out, make sure you are aware of the aware of its checkout guidelines.
  9.  Before you leave clean up after yourself. This helps keep our space clean and tidy for our next visitors. This also ensures you don’t leave anything behind.
  10. As you leave the STEM Center, please sign out with your Student ID!
    Why is this important?

    If you sign in, but don’t sign out our data tracking – that provides validation for our services – would be incorrect. By signing-in/signing-out appropriately you are helping us effectively track the usage of our area.

How to Navigate the STEM Center

Before visiting our space we encourage you to read about how to navigate our services to make the best of your experience when you visit us!  

Schedules

Employment Opportunities

The STEM Center hires students and part-time employees to support BBCC students’ academic success. Each quarter the number of job openings fluctuates. If you’re interested in joining the STEM Center team, below are the links on how to apply. 

Student Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

The STEM Center would like to invite community members volunteers to join our department. We believe you would enrich our students’ college experience by providing perspective on where you are now, the life you have had, and the community in which you live. Volunteer times are flexible, but would be between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday – Thursday, when classes are in session. Interested persons can read more about how to volunteer here.

More Tutoring at BBCC

The STEM Center offers drop-in tutoring and SI (group study sessions), but the STEM Center does not offer one-on-one tutoring. One-on-one tutoring is organized by the Testing Center. If you’re interested in one-on-one tutoring, contact them directly. Specially, you can contact Kristin Young.

 
Calculus Study Group

Calculus Study Group

student work on glass

Got Glass?

K. Duvall (Biology)

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