Navigating the STEM Center

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How to Navigate the STEM Center

The STEM Center is an engaging and dynamic place. We hope this page helps better understand how how to navigate our space and its resources. 

Our Academic Support

We provide three academic support services:

  1. Drop-in Tutoring
  2. Supplemental Instruction or SI (group tutoring)
  3. Faculty Support Hours

We do not provide one-on-one tutoring. One-on-one tutoring is organized through the Student Success Center. To read more about the services we do offer and when specific tutoring/SI sessions are occurring, check out our STEM Center homepage

Our Guidelines

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

    1. Follow all campus rules and policies. A link to the student code of conduct can be found here.
    2. 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! 

    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 and able to study/work in our area. 
    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. 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. Rules for checking out 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 (pick up trash, erase white board tables, push in chairs, etc.). 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!
      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.

Our Front Desk

Whether you’re needing to check out a STEM Center resource, have questions regarding the tutor/SI schedules, or are looking for a room/building or an instructor’s office, our front desk clerk is here to help. All you have to do is ask. If our clerk can’t help you, they will do their best to direct you to someone that can! 

STEM Center Checkout Guidelines

Each of our items has different checkout guidelines. Before checking out a STEM Center item please make sure you aware of the item specific checkout guidelines. 

Calculators (scientific and graphic)

Calculators are for daily checkout only because of our limited supply.

To check out a calculator: You need your BBCC Student ID Card. We do not accept any other form of identification or your Student ID number. This is to ensure we are checking out the calculator to the correct person.

If you absolutely need a calculator and you forgot/lost your Student ID Card you can:

  1. Ask your instructor to check the calculator out for you in their name
  2. Ask a friend to check out the calculator for you – but they’re responsible for it if you don’t return it
  3. Go get a new Student ID Card at the BBCC library

Calculators audits will be regularly conducted. If you’re on our list of not-returned calculators, we will place a hold will be placed on your student account. This means you will not be able to register for classes the following quarter or obtain an official transcript. If you do need a calculator for long-term checkout, please contact the Student Success Center.

Laptops

Laptops are for daily checkout and STEM Center use only because of our limited supply.

To check out laptop: You need your BBCC Student ID Card. We do not accept any other form of identification or your Student ID number. This is to ensure we are checking out the laptop to the correct person.

If you absolutely need a laptop and you forgot/lost your Student ID Card you can:

  1. Use one of our STEM Center computer work stations instead
  2. Ask a friend to borrow their laptop
  3. Ask a friend to check out the laptop for you – but they’re responsible for it if you don’t return it
  4. Go get a new Student ID Card at the BBCC library

Laptop audits will be regularly conducted at the beginning of each business day. If you’re on our list of not-returned laptops, we will place a hold will be placed on your student account. This means you will not be able to register for classes the following quarter or obtain an official transcript. If you do need a laptop for long-term checkout, please contact the Student Success Center.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) models

Anatomy and physiology models are for STEM Center use only and must be returned to the front desk before closing. This is because of the models we do have, we only have one of each.

The models you can find at the STEM Center:

  1. Ear model
  2. Heart model
  3. Knee model
  4. Blood model
  5. Kidney model
  6. Arm model
  7. Leg model
  8. Half-torso model (Lothar 3)

What if the STEM Center doesn’t have the specific model you need? You can ask instructor Barbara Jacobs if you can borrow one of her models.

To check out an A&P model: You need your BBCC Student ID Card. We do not accept any other form of identification or your Student ID number. This is to ensure we are checking out the model to the correct person.

If you absolutely need a model and you forgot/lose your Student ID Card you can: 

  1. Ask instructor Barbara Jacobs if you can borrow one of her models
  2. Ask a friend to check out the A&P model for you – but they’re responsible for it if you don’t return it
  3. Go get a new Student ID Card at the BBCC library
Science and engineering course software

The science and engineering course software (on CDs/discs), are for STEM Center use only and must be returned to the front desk before closing. This is because of the discs we do have, we only have one of each.

The STEM Center science and engineering discs for checkout are:

  1. Chemistry of Life – for Introductory Chemistry, discs 1-7
  2. CyberChem, discs 1-4
  3. The Triola Statistics Series, discs 1-7
  4. Elementary Statistics: Using the Graphing Calculator, 1 disc
  5. Pre-Calculus Assistant, 1 disc

The science and engineering software on STEM Center laptops/computer workstations are:

  1. AutoCad 2018
  2. Solidworks 2017
  3. Solidworks Electrical
  4. Solidworks Visualize 2017
  5. eDrawings 2017
  6. MatLab
  7. eDrawings 2017
  8. Muscle Premium
  9. Human Anatomy
  10. Logger Pro

To check out science/engineering discs: You need your BBCC Student ID Card. We do not accept any other form of identification or your Student ID number. This is to ensure we are checking out the model to the correct person.

Textbooks (and textbooks with selective answers)

Textbooks (and textbooks with selective answers) are for STEM Center use only and must be returned to the front desk before closing. This is because we only have one of each textbook.

How to check out a textbook/textbook with selective answers: You just need to ask the Front Desk Clerk if you can borrow the textbook. No BBCC ID required. However, remember the textbooks are for STEM Center use only and must be returned before closing. 

Headphones

Headphones are for on-campus use only and must be returned to the front desk before closing. This is because we have a limited supply of headphones for checkout.

How to check out headphones: You just need to ask the Front Desk Clerk if you can borrow headphones. No BBCC ID required. However, please bring the headphones back at your earliest convenience. 

How to Request a STEM Center Tutor

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

  • You can directly approach a tutor and let them know you need help. A tutor will either help them or direct them to someone that can help you such as another tutor or an instructor.
  • You can approach our front desk clerk and let them know you need help. The front desk clerk can direct them to the appropriate tutor or let you know when an appropriate tutor will be working.
  • You can also request help through our Tutor Q – our online request help list – in four ways. 
    1. You can go to any of our three Tutor Q kiosks (located throughout the STEM Center), follow the steps on the screen, and wait for a tutor to come assist you.
    2. You can check out a laptop (following the proper checkout guidelines) and you can access the request help list (or the Tutor Q) through our “Tutor Q” desktop shortcut.
    3. If you’re on one of our computer work stations, you can also access the request help list (or the Tutor Q) through our “Tutor Q” desktop shortcut.
    4. If you’re on your own personal laptop/electronic device, you can also access our request help list (or Tutor Q) through this Tutor Q link.

Videos on how to request a tutor here.

More How-To’s Through Videos

Watch these videos to learn more about how-to navigate the STEM Center. We hope these videos are helpful! If you have any remaining questions on how to navigate the STEM Center please ask STEM Center staff or Veronica Guadarrama

How to sign-in video. 

How to sign-out video.

How to use the Tutor Q.

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