Your grandkids will love San Jac Summer Camps!

San Jacinto College is offering a number of fun, creative, and educational summer camps in person and online from June-July. Currently, all San Jacinto College COVID-19 protocols – including wearing a face covering, completing a daily pre-screening questionnaire, and social distancing – will remain in effect at all campuses, College facilities, and College events, including summer camps, until further notice. For more information on these and additional summer camps, registration, and fees, visit


For ages 14-18; Free

Camp STEMPACT will focus on math and science related to engineering and STEM careers. Hands-on experiments and an SAT math prep will be facilitated. There will also be exciting and relevant STEM industry speakers and field trips to Space Center Houston, NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Control, and the Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab. 

Exploring Industry Career Fair

For ages 16-18; $5 per session

Choose a half-day or full-day session and learn about various careers in process technology, instrumentation, environmental health and safety, electrical, inspection, and welding with hands-on activities at the College’s LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology.

KidSpot Summer Musical Theatre Camp

For ages: 5-18; $150; limited number of $25 scholarships available

Campers can enjoy a fun-filled camp featuring acting skills development workshops in movement, voice, theatre games, improvisations, stage acting, film acting, character development, and production. Daily rehearsals will culminate in a stage production at the end of the week.

Firefighting Career Day

For ages 16-18; $5

High schoolers interested in exploring the firefighting profession will get an inside look at the College’s firefighting facilities as they learn about what it takes to join this exciting field. Attendees will observe a variety of firefighting and rescue skills, see how fire spreads through a building, and participate in hands-on activities. 

Maritime Career Day

For ages 16-18; $5 

This camp is a fun way to explore exciting careers in the area’s thriving maritime industry. Activities include a tour of the ship simulator, fire field, water survival tank, lifeboat davit, and hands-on training aids. Attendees on June 3 and June 24 should bring a change of clothes and a towel.

Pathway to the Stars Virtual Camp

For 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders; Free

Students will experience hands-on STEM activities that focus on space exploration and NASA’s journey to Mars, such as human health in space, radiation effects on spacesuits, energy resources, and navigation and communication technology. Supplies will be provided for pick-up at the College with information on dates and times sent after registration. 

Robot Ruckus Camp

For ages: 9-11; $200

Robot Ruckus provides opportunities to have fun while learning about science, math, technology, teamwork, and problem solving through robotics. Students will create their own robots using Ozobots, Spheros, and LEGO robots, drones, and gyroscopes. 

For more information about San Jac summer camps, including dates, times, and locations, please visit


LyondellBasell unveils new glass distillation lab at CPET

LyondellBasell unveiled a world-class glass distillation lab at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET) at San Jacinto College on March 5. 

“This training facility truly is unequaled in the state and in the country,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “The way that we work and partner with the industries that are a part of our community like LyondellBasell is important to the success of our students and to the success of the petrochemical industry.”

San Jacinto College’s partnership with LyondellBasell goes back many years — from developing CPET and its curriculum to supplying volunteers to serve on steering committees and beyond.

“For years, the challenge has been in developing the workforce of the future,” said Michael VanDerSnick, senior vice president of Americas Manufacturing, LyondellBasell. “A partnership between higher education and industry was the solution, and the glass lab truly is the centerpiece of that partnership.”

The LyondellBasell glass distillation lab is a scaled model distillation plant that shows the chemical and physical processes that take place within a chemical plant. The plant is a hands-on training tool for the next generation of operators, teaching process technology and instrumentation.

What differentiates LyondellBasell’s glass distillation plant from others is that the model incorporates the mechanics of an entire distillation facility, while other process technology programs have single pieces of distillation equipment as a teaching tool. A key benefit of the glass lab is the transparency. Students will view vaporization, heat transfer, and condensation that is involved in the distillation process.

“There is nothing like this lab anywhere else in the world,” said Jim Griffin, associate vice chancellor, senior vice president, CPET. “Our students will have the opportunity here to learn hands-on using innovative technology in a one-of-a-kind facility.”