Climate and Sustainability Task Force
The mission of MJC CSTF is to work with the MJC campus and local community entities to better align the practices and policies of our college with the principles of sustainable development. As such, we:
- Promote the understanding of sustainability and climate change within our community and on our campus.
- Develop, implement, and maintain sustainable practices and reduce the carbon footprint of our campus.
- Build partnerships between various campus departments, local K-12 schools, universities, and other local entities in order to achieve the above stated goals.
Are you interested in rocks, minerals, fossils, travel, earthquakes, volcanoes, or any other Earth phenomena? There is a group of kindred souls here at Modesto Junior College. The Geology Club was established in 1993 by MJC students interested in sharing their interest in geology and earth science, and in serving the students of MJC by raising funds for scholarships, and working as sponsors and judges in community events like Wild Planet Day and the Science Olympiad.
Great Valley Astronomy Club
The purpose of this organization shall be to:
- Emphasize astronomy outreach in the community.
- Engage students in activities such as using telescopes.
- Expose the community to the wonders of the universe and the celestial bodies contained therein.
- To help people increase their understanding of astronomy and how the study of astronomy affects our understanding of our planet, life, and science.
- Organize events and gatherings with telescopes and club activities such as fundraising.
Meetings: Fridays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Spring semester starting February 4th
Great Valley Museum
The GVM home is the first floor of the Science Community Center on the west campus of Modesto Junior College. We offer group tours for groups of up to 70 individuals. Our docent guided tours cover the natural history and various habitats of the Central Valley of California. Live animal shows in which we present some of the two dozen live animals are also available for groups. In our museum we have a Discovery Room dedicated to hands-on activities and materials. This room also houses 2 dozen live animals including snakes, tarantulas, skinks and many others.
Our Science on a Sphere, produced by NOAA, has over 400 datasets that are projected onto a 1.5 meter sphere including real-time worldwide events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other phenomenon. The planetarium has a top-of-the-line Zeiss Skymaster ZKP-4 LED/fiber optic star projector coupled with a Zeiss Velvet Projection System capable of displaying the night sky and full-dome planetarium films for an audience of 100. Our Traveling Teacher program offers over 3 dozen programs that come out to local elementary schools to cover topics such as live animals, the various sciences, nature, craft topics and our California Valley history. Such topics are also offered through on-site classes throughout the year.
Invention and Inclusive Innovation initiative
The strategic intent of i3 is to empower learners, including students, faculty, and partners, to be agents of change for our community by building connections to create a transdisciplinary approach to problem solving.
Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS)
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in our community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.
Science Community Center
The Science Community Center is filled with amazing and educational features.