Partnering with the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association (MESA) tutoring service in the College of Engineering, 20 local underrepresented youth and their parents had the opportunity to interact with science professionals. The kids participated in demonstrations of sorts by various panelist members and groups which include science writers, outreach and education researchers, and professors at the University of Iowa. The presenters went through explaining their career paths and what their jobs entail. They then had the opportunity during a Q&A session to ask more about the career paths and jobs of their demonstrators. The children were provided free dinner courtesy of MESA and at the end of the two-night program gifts were given thanks to donations from the Latham family, UICCU, and BLICK art materials. From this event, I hoped to encourage students from a broad spectrum of interest, to see that science isn't for the elite, or for people of certain groups, but that it is full of opportunities and when you have a passion, you can make a job from it.
Copyright © 2017 Jorge Moreno
Moreno, Jorge, "S.T.E.A.M. Career Night" (2017). Latham Science Communication Project. 15.