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PBS Reno STEM Works | Truckee Meadows Community College

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Explore what it's like to be learning new STEM skills at Truckee Meadows Community College

GLOSSARY

STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Architecture — The art and science of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures. It encompasses various elements such as aesthetics, functionality, safety, and environmental sustainability.

Biology — The scientific study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and their environments. It covers a wide range of topics including anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and more.

Dual Enrollment — Refers to a program that allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses and earn credits simultaneously for both high school and college.

Criminal Justice — The system and institutions established by governments to maintain social order, deter and mitigate crime, and enforce laws through the judicial system.

Blueprints — Technical drawings or plans that depict the architectural or engineering design of a structure or object. They typically include dimensions, materials, and other specifications necessary for construction or manufacturing.

Anatomy — The branch of biology that deals with the structure and organization of living organisms, particularly their bodily structures such as organs, tissues, and systems.

Physiology — The branch of biology that focuses on the normal functions of living organisms and their parts, including processes like metabolism, respiration, circulation, and reproduction.

High Fidelity Scenarios — Simulations or exercises that closely mimic real-life situations, providing participants with an immersive and realistic learning or training experience. They are often used in fields such as healthcare, aviation, and emergency response training.

Structure Firefighter — A firefighter trained to combat fires occurring in buildings or other structures. They are equipped to handle various types of fires, rescue operations, and hazardous situations within confined spaces.

Molecular — The smallest units of a substance that still retain the chemical properties of that substance. It pertains to the structure, composition, and interactions of molecules, which are made up of atoms bonded together.

Entomology — The scientific study of insects, including their biology, behavior, ecology, classification, and impact on human societies and ecosystems.

Emergency Management — The organization and coordination of resources and efforts to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from disasters, emergencies, and other crises. It includes activities such as risk assessment, planning, training, and coordination of response and recovery efforts.

Public Safety Programs — Initiatives or efforts aimed at safeguarding the well-being and security of communities. They may include various strategies and services related to law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, and crime prevention.

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