The spider people are back!
Last April several students and faculty members were spotted scaling the sides of buildings on the College of the Canyons campus attached to string-like supports. This is not a common sight at the college campus, but internal reports reveal that these annual web-spinners will return on May 5 this year to reprise the feat.
No, the campus hasn’t entered the world of super-heroes or the super-natural, but there are certainly some different activities going on here.
At the heart of this strange phenomenon is the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. MESA will be holding its annual Leadership Retreat – a highlight of the program¹s academic year – from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
Each year, as part of the retreat, students in the program learn about the concept of strengths and the principles of strengths-based achievement, creative use of resources and diversity awareness.
The day's activities include sessions exploring the field of civil engineering as they construct bridges and learn about forces and moments. A chemistry session will allow students to analyze the composition of pennies.
The high point of the day, however, is an afternoon session that is a lesson in cultivating trust in others and in the mastery of fear, as students and faculty alike swing out into thin air from the third story ofone of the tallest buildings on campus — the “I” building — and rappel to the ground.
Chances are everyone who participates will develop a new appreciation for at least one super-hero and will help them in identifying their strengths as individuals and as members of a team.
Activities and workshops offered during the day will promote scholarship, leadership and the pursuit of academic excellence.