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Destino STEM

SHPE’s Destino STEM pre-college offerings provide K-12 students access to a variety of opportunities and experiences that spark excitement for science, technology, engineering and math!

Welcome to Destíno STEM

At SHPE, we know early exposure to STEM positively influences the likelihood of a student choosing it for their career path. The Noche de Ciencias™ (NdC) program is designed to introduce the profound possibilities of STEM to high schoolers and their families.

About the Program

Early exposure to STEM degrees and awareness of different STEM careers will increase the chance of a student choosing STEM as their academic path and career destination. At SHPE, it is our goal to connect students with an array of STEM possibilities. SHPE’s Destino STEM pre-college offerings provide K-12 students access to a variety of opportunities and experiences that spark excitement for science, technology, engineering and math!

All Hispanic pre-college students can excel in STEM. It is critical that Hispanic students are provided the tools and resources to support their progress toward a STEM degree no matter where they are in their academic journey. Our pre-college efforts meet students where they are – both developmentally and geographically. We bring hands-on STEM experiences to their home, their school, their community, and their computer.  We want our students to truly have access to these offerings and explore them without any limits.

SHPE helps students find their passion for STEM and spark excitement for their STEM destino (destiny).

Destino STEM objectives are grouped into three (3) main categories:

  1. increasing awareness of STEM fields and careers;
  2. increasing participants’ beliefs about their ability to succeed in STEM; and
  3. increasing participants’ sense of STEM identity.

In addition, our high school pre-college students will be offered college readiness opportunities, access to STEM certifications, will be welcomed to the SHPE Junior Familia, and provided many more opportunities!

Destíno STEM Events

The Destíno STEM program is designed to introduce STEM to K-12 students. Events are held virtually to appeal to a nationwide audience. 

Chapter Noche de Ciencias Funding

Many SHPE Chapters fund local Noche de Ciencias events through chapter resources or through corporate sponsorship. In addition, SHPE has funding available to support these NdC events through two types of grants.

Additional Resources

Hands-On STEM Activity Ideas

SHPE is in the process of developing hands-on activity resources to support Destino STEM events. When these resources are available, they will be posted here. There are also many hands-on activity resources available online, including:

Parent Session Resources

SHPE developed and translated two parent workshops that can be adapted for your use. The first workshop is on Understanding College Options and the second workshop is on Financial Aid. These presentations will help you educate parents about college access, funding, STEM career pathways and the fundamentals of STEM. The Noche de Ciencias Manual provides information on how to update the Financial Aid presentation with information about universities and colleges in your area.

  • Understanding College Options – English (coming soon)
  • Understanding College Options – Spanish (coming soon)
  • Financial Aid – English (coming soon)
  • Financial Aid – Spanish (coming soon)

“Science is too wonderful for it to be exclusive and too important to leave anyone out.”

– Dr. France A Cordova, Director, National Science Foundation

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