NVCsi and STEAM Blast Attract Students

Northwest Vista College’s Math, Engineering and Science teams had a busy February and March with two of their key events happening back to back. 


NVCsi (NVC Crime Scene Investigation) had a great comeback turnout! At least 300 passports were picked up and 141 were returned.

We had 17 individual activities available for students. Many thanks to Robert Carrillo who set up his blood spatter analysis, under his own canopy that almost blew into the lake. Many thanks to the Engineering team who provided a Maker Space exhibit and created tons of excitement about 3D printing.

Academic departments included Psychology, Biology, INRW/English and Speech. Nonacademic participants included Alamo, Police Department, IT, risk Management, Library, and the Advocacy Center. AND, non-Alamo participants included a therapy dog and Fortinet (cyber security) and MADD.

NVCsi is supported through the Math and Engineering Department’s Student Activity Fees. The event is held the week before spring break. We collaborate with Criminal Justice Day, so to piggyback on their career & transfer fair.

If you wish to donate 30 minutes, to an hour on the day of the event, or help plan the event, or create your own activity, please get in touch with Robert Carrillo.

Thank you to Robert C, Javi, Kelli, Christa, Laura, Yvette, Rob G, Steve, Mark, Thomas, and Christy for helping. And many thanks to our wonderful work studies Ben and Demi for all their help setting up and helping hand out passports and snacks.


STEAM Blast started Feb 28 with the Scavenger Hunt (coordinated by Mary Zocchi). Students visited locations around campus to learn more about the services available. The Engineering Club, Plus+STEM Grant, FUERTE Grant, The University of Texas at San Antonio – IEEE Power Systems Division and Robotics Club, and St. Mary’s University all participated.

STEAM Blast sessions then ran March 1 and 2, on multidisciplinary activities and topics such as Math and MIM, Paid Internships and REUs, University Transfer, STEM careers, Gaming and Game Design, AI, Ceramics, Button Badges, Printmaking, Dance, Class Presentations, NVC Advocacy, etc.

We very much appreciate all of the help and support from our session facilitators, faculty volunteers, and student volunteers. If you would like to facilitate a session or Scavenger Hunt stop, volunteer, or bring a class by one of the sessions in Fall, please contact Thomas (tpressly@alamo.edu).

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