S.T.E.A.M. Career Night
Jorge hopes to encourage students from a broad spectrum of interests to see that science isn't for the elite, or for people of certain groups and that an interest in science doesn’t lead to one career pathway but is full of niches. When you find your own niche, you can make a career out of it. Jorge partnered with the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association (MESA) tutoring service in the College of Engineering to give 20 local, underrepresented youth and their parents the opportunity to interact with science professionals. The kids were led through demonstrations by various panel members including science writers, outreach and education researchers, and professors at the University of Iowa. Students had the opportunity to ask about the career paths and jobs of their demonstrators during a Q&A session. The parents received free English enhancement classes, where bilingual tutors worked on increasing their language skills that will be useful to improve science literacy. The children were provided free dinner courtesy of the College of Engineering and at the end of the two-night program students were given a book to take home that describes STEM projects they can do with household items as well as school supplies thanks to donations from UICCU and Blick arts.