The program kicked off with remarks from Latina leaders working in STEM at AT&T. Mentors worked with the students through workshops where they learned and applied industry skills to real-life situations. Malcolm McCrae was the Keynote speaker of this incredible event.
School used to be all about the 3 Rs: reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic. But the future is all about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. That’s why HACEMOS, AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource group, is introducing students to STEM during their 20th annual High Technology Day on Thursday, Oct. 18.
In this milestone year, more than 2,500 middle and high school students are expected to participate in 35 High Technology Day events taking place on Oct. 18 across the U.S. and Mexico. The events will expose Latino youth to education and career opportunities in STEM, spark discussion with STEM professionals and provide mentorship opportunities.
This year’s theme is “SOMOS Tecnología,” or, “We Are Technology.” It centers around increasing Latino representation in STEM and getting students involved in the industry early on.
The STEM field suffers from a lack of diverse representation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 9 million STEM-related jobs will go unfilled by the year 2022. A lack of knowledgeable professionals in these roles will have far-reaching effects. But getting more Latinos and other underrepresented groups into STEM education and careers now can help ensure more of these jobs are filled.
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