POWER SET Field Trip By Elyssa Smith

Dental tools, shark dissections, and amusement park rides.


            These are the main attractions on a field trip taken by the POWER SET club that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).


            POWER SET or Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology is a club for high-performing upper-classmen females.  The club took its end of the year trip to Galveston on Friday, May 12 through Saturday, May 13.


“This trip taught us a lot about science and our environment,” junior Crystal Raun said. “These topics are part of STEM which is the core of POWER SET.”


The club participated in many activities that would let them explore future schooling and careers paths while still having some fun along the way.


“Throughout the trip we toured Dr. (Brian) Swenson’s office, took a campus tour around the University of Houston, dissected a dogfish shark Texas A&M Galveston, visited Pleasure Pier, and finally Moody Gardens,” junior Christine Hunt said.


The girls said they were fascinated with the shark dissection and presentation that went along with it.


“We listened to the presentation about all kinds of sharks,” Raun said. “I learned a lot of unique facts about sharks and the teacher taught us to pay more attention to the conservation of sharks because they could easily become extinct.”


The girls also learned a lot more about dentistry at their local tour of Dr. Swenson’s office in El Campo.


“I have been to the dentist for all of my life, but having Dr. Swenson take us around and show us all the behind-the-scenes information was quite fascinating,” junior Kendall Kresta said. “There is a lot more to a simple dental visit than I ever realized.”


The tour of the University of Houston was a lot more detailed than normal, the girls say, because they had a few insiders showing them around.


“Instead of having the normal, hired tour guides give us a tour of UH, we had a few students from the Baptist ministry give us a tour,” Hunt said. “I really enjoyed this because they let us in on a few tips and tricks and made it more personal.”


After exploring the STEM fields at two colleges and a dental office, the girls got to have fun at Pleasure Pier and Moody Gardens.


“This trip will be memorable because I learned a lot of new information and got to do it alongside some of my best friends, that’s the best part about POWER SET,” Raun said.

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