“With Space City as our backdrop, NCLR recently welcomed Latino students and teachers from our national Escalera network to Houston for the 2016 NCLR STEM Youth Summit, generously supported by Shell and Chevron.
Young Latinos had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through a variety of hands-on activities and educational workshops. The STEM Youth Summit was not just a weekend of science exploration, but of STEM empowerment.” That’s how the NCLR blog introduced their article on their successful event which took place at Shell’s Woodcreek facility and NASA.
According to Shell Hispanic Employee Network (SHEN) member Lara Linda, “I got my inspiration as a young woman from attending a women’s expo and hearing success stories I could relate to. I wanted to give that same kind of inspiration to these students. So much is available to them but they have to know how to dream big and then there are so many people available to help them attain their goals.”
Students had classes and panel discussion tailored specifically for them at Shell’s Woodcreek facility and at NASA. At Woodcreek they also had a hands-on learning experience in the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU), provided by the Ocean Start Offshore Energy Center.
At NASA they toured the facilities, including the Mission Control Center for a live link-up with the Space Station and several successful Hispanic NASA engineers shared some of their family, educational and career history with the students.
According to Lucy Reyes, past President of SHEN, “In my 26 years with Shell I have actually seen some of the students who have gone through our various educational programs come back as Shell employees.
It is so gratifying to see that kind of impact on the lives of these young people. When some of these engineers shared their struggles it gave the students a perspective I don’t think they have had before. And, of course, having the MOLU, which I had never seen before, was a great addition to the program.”
NCLR STEM is a series of college-readiness programs organized by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) that are focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Aligned with Common Core State Standards and culturally relevant to Latino youth, NCLR STEM leads student to develop a STEM mindset that encourages problem-solving, creativity, and innovation.
For more information about Shell’s outreach to STEM students, visit Energize Your Future with Shell