SHPE Penn State Hosts Activities for Reading (PA) Families
by Julia Abreu
Recently, representatives from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Penn State hosted Noche de Ciencias at Reading High School, Reading, PA.
Approximately 24 attendees – students from grades K-12 and their parents – talked to us, as well as professionals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries, and asked questions about the STEM fields.
SHPE Penn State members engaged in two hands-on activities with the students: a newspaper tower and a glider plane.
While students were busy with these activities, their parents attended several workshops, conducted in Spanish and English, on financial aid, scholarships and one called Understanding College Options.
This event is just one of many outreach activities organized by members of SHPE Penn State to create awareness about STEM-related educational opportunities, especially among the Hispanic population. Next semester, we will host another Noche de Ciencias. We are also organizing a spring High School Leadership Conference, during which 40 high school students from Hispanic backgrounds visit Penn State for a weekend and enjoy numerous activities, including an extreme engineering challenge and visits to Beaver Stadium.
Julia Abreu, is studying energy, business and finance with a minor in engineering leadership development. She is the public relations chair of SHPE Penn State.