The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is excited to announce its partnership with Bostonia Language Academy. Its newest program, Spanish STEAM Sessions, demonstrates to students that no matter their skills and interests, there is a place for them in California's science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) industries.
Spanish STEAM Sessions place passionate, Spanish-speaking professionals from our community into classrooms in our region. STEAM industry professionals showcase various careers and encourage students and their families to consider how their unique talents fit into these companies. The sessions are delivered exclusively in Spanish and are led by student moderators, as a part of Bostonia’s mentorship program, a project-based effort to connect students with local employers to get real-world experience. The student moderators work with their classes to generate questions for the speakers, are trained on public speaking, and help moderate the sessions in Spanish.
The program kicked off last month with Illumina, Inc. Each week, Illumina provided a panel of speakers from across company sectors to illustrate the diversity in occupations that exist within the company. Their final session for the kickoff month will take place this week.
“Illumina is thrilled to support this innovative STEM program, conducted entirely in Spanish, as part of our broader commitment to equitable access to STEM education for all students” said Jacquie Ross, vice president of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. “Illumina volunteers from across the company have been leading sessions, sharing our excitement about genomics and science with the goal of empowering students to see themselves as future scientists and trailblazers.“
The program will continue this month with speakers representing different careers within Swinerton Renewable Energy.
If you would like to bring Spanish STEAM Sessions to your school, or if your company is interested in getting involved, please contact Silvana DelPiccolo.