SHPE Foundation directs and operates several national initiatives for Hispanic middle school and high school students across the United States are mentored to pursue a technical career in engineering, science, math, and technology. These programs are intended to both enrich students' educational experience and recruit students into engineering fields of study. Students have the opportunity to perform hands-on activities, learn about college admission requirements, college financial aid, college expectations, and scholarships opportunities, participate in competitions, and attend workshops and seminars hosted by prominent Latino/a scientists and engineers working with cutting-edge technology.
In summary, SHPE Foundation pre-college programs are meant to encourage and motivate Latino/a students to:
- Complete high school
- Attend college, preferably a 4-year college/university
- Pursue a college major in science, technology, engineering or math or related field
- Pursue a technical career.
Following is a brief description of the pre-college initiatives and partnerships directed and managed by SHPE Foundation. For additional information, select the menu options on the left.
ACE Mini-Grants – Competitive funding opportunity for SHPE Jr, student and professional chapters to conduct local pre-college educational enrichment and outreach activities.
SHPE Jr. Chapters – Formal network of chapter programs residing in local high schools in connection with a SHPE student and/or SHPE professional chapter. High school students are provided mentorship, tutoring and other educational enrichment services throughout the year and receive special incentives for other programs.
Pre-College Symposia – The Pre-College Symposia convenes over 1000 middle school and high school students to the largest HIspanic pre-college national conference focus on STEM. The three-day conference includes workshops on college choice, financial aid and careers in STEM, college fair, and events and activities focused on STEM.
Regional Science Bowls – In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, provides Hispanic middle school and high school students a “jeopardy”-style competition on biology, chemistry, physics, math, astronomy, earth science and general science.