Careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are taking off. By 2020, there will be approximately four million STEM jobs available in the United States. This represents a huge opportunity for Latino youth, but Hispanic students are too often unaware of these possibilities.
Nearly one in five American workers are Latino, but fewer than one in 10 Americans employed in the STEM workforce are Latino. We are working to increase this number by:
- Exposing Latino students to STEM in a way that is relevant to their needs and background
- Engaging Latino families in STEM discovery
- Providing hands-on STEM opportunities to Latino youth
Encouraging problem solving, creativity, and innovation
- Children Investigating Science with Parents Afterschool (CHISPA): Funded by the National Science Foundation, CHISPA introduces more than 700 Latino youth to STEM disciplines through workshops and other activities aimed at families, instructors, and community partners.
- Escalera STEM: Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, this initiative serves more than 100 students on the Gulf Coast with the aim of raising awareness of STEM education and careers.
- STEM Youth Summit: An annual event that brings senior engineers, STEM providers, and high school juniors together to engage in hands-on activities related to different careers in STEM fields.