Latinxs in STEM
To facilitate the incorporation of Latinxs and Latin America in STEM classrooms, we have created succinct lesson plans based on Latinxs in the U.S. and throughout Latin America who have been successful in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Is there a Latinx that you admire and want to see featured? If so, leave us a message below with their name.
When a girl sees herself as a scientist, or a boy sees someone with his skin color as a law student, it plants a seed that this is possible.Eva Longoria
Mirna Román was the first Indigenous doctor in Costa Rica. Román is from the Ngäbe community of the Province of Puntarenas. The lesson plan (grades 9 and up, in Spanish) includes a video interview of Román on YouTube in which she discusses her childhood, how she became interested in medicine, and difficulties she experienced as an Indigenous woman. The lesson plan also incorporates an interview of Román from La Nación that focuses on how Román achieved her dream of becoming a medical doctor and her goals for the future. Click here for the STEM guide on Román.
Nicole Hernández Hammer is a climate scientist and activist based in Florida. Hernández Hammer works closely with Latinx communities in Miami who are most afflicted by climate change and sunny day flooding. This lesson plan (grades 8 and up, in English) includes a podcast interview of Hernández Hammer from Latina to Latina and an article from the Miami Herald to get students involved on a current environmental issue. Click here for the STEM Guide.
Ellen Ochoa was selected by NASA in 1990 and became the first female Hispanic astronaut. Ochoa earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University before joining NASA and becoming an astronaut and inventor. The lesson plan (grades 3-6, in English) includes two interviews that complement each other; the video interview on YouTube provides background on Ochoa and how she became interested in STEM and working for NASA while the interview from Scholastic News addresses Ochoa’s achievements and her hopes for future generations. Click here for the STEM Guide on Ochoa.