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NanoKids Hispanic Community Outreach Network

The purpose of this outreach is to develop a network to present workshops that will provide members of the Hispanic Community with a catalyst to unleash their energy in the field of nanoscale science and engineering for a better way of life.

Funding for this outreach provided in part by
THE HALLIBURTON FOUNDATION

Nanotechnology and the Hispanic Community

A state-wide network of advocates and sponsors is under recruitment to arrange and promote interactive workshops to inform laypeople in Hispanic communities about the future impact of nanoscale science and technology. These workshops will be specially designed to reach those members of the Hispanic community that do not have the opportunity to come in contact with this information through the normal course of their day. The presentations will utilize existing NanoKids Project bilingual instructional materials and additional materials developed especially for this audience. The goal is to level the playing field for the children of the community by bringing the adult family members into awareness of the potential opportunities in the future science and engineering (S&E) workforce. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 47% in S&E jobs by 2010.[1] Middle school students must make the decision to undertake advance coursework to prepare them to participate 14 years before they enter the workforce.[2]

Our previous research indicates that the support of the family unit is critical in enabling Hispanic students to pursue higher education. The emerging technical workforce will have to have greater knowledge and skills than previously required.  These workshop presentations will help the community to understand what nanotechnology is and enable the community to begin to define its roles in developing and using the technology. 

Several categories of participants will be involved in the network:

·         Community leader advocates who will stand behind the effort to inform and educate the Hispanic Community,

·         Business leader advocates who will sponsor a workshop in their locations,

·         Church leader advocates and school administrators who will open their facilities for workshops, and who will encourage the parishioners/parents to attend,

·         Spanish speaking middle and high school science teachers and other qualified presenters who will be trained to give the workshops, 

·         Layperson representatives from the service and industrial workforce,

·         Volunteers who will help to self-sustain the network.Click here for the San Angelo Hub)

Visit the City of San Angelo Hub for an example of this partnership.

Advocacy is not only in name. Each advocate is responsible for bringing other advocates to the network thereby providing a method for rapid growth and maintenance of the support base.

The project will run for a period of three years, expanding in breadth and content each year. It will also serve as a model and viable self-sustaining network for disseminating other important information to the Hispanic community

The estimated impact of the NanoKids Project Hispanic Outreach is expected to be in the tens of thousands as the network is geared to self-perpetuate. At the end of the three years, the materials will continue to be available to the network and offered to Hispanic communities throughout the nation and its territories

How can YOU help?

  1. Serve on the workshop content development team.
  2. Network with Hispanic community leaders in your area to recruit other development team members.
  3. Advocate with family and friends to expand the network throughout Texas.
  4. Volunteer at actual workshops held in the greater Houston area in the spring of 2006.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY

The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Center for Biological Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN)

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio/Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (TiiMS)


[1]Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. 2001. “National Industry-Occupation Employment Projections 2000-2010.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor.

[2]An Emerging and Critical Problem of the Science and Engineering Labor Force, A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2004

 

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