College-educated Latino professionals are working to promote STEM education through the Noche de Ciencias (Science Night) program.
In 2008, the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation launched a national campaign, encouraging its student and professional chapters throughout the nation to reach out to K-12 students. The programming is typically held during Hispanic Heritage Month every year and emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The program provides hands-on learning activities, promotes awareness about college programs, and provides Spanish and English language parent workshops. The organization provides resources online for organizing a science night, complete with presentations and lesson plans.
An event was recently held at Dunbar High School in the Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky. The professional and student chapter worked together on the program.
“The main goal is for them to learn as much as they can while also having fun,” said high school junior Erika Nunez, a member of the SHPE student chapter, in a story published on the district’s web site. “It’s a lot of help to have the parents and students on the same page, and we can answer all their questions in one night.”
Should more professional organizations be involved in the public schools? In particular, what are Hispanic professional organizations doing to reach out to young people? Do your districts partner with any similar organizations?