Texas Tech Engineering Society Helping Kids Get to College

The Texas Tech chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is hosting Noche De Ciencias, a night of science experiments and seminars on college applications

David Sanchez, President of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Texas Tech, said Noche De Ciencias is partially about science and partially about knowing how to apply for college.

"Half the program is kids doing hands on activities to learn about different engineering technology and different projects as well as another part for parents to learn about scholarships, SATs, ACTs, and ways their kids can get to college."

Sanchez, said students can experience what it's like to be an engineer through fun projects like building a newspaper tower while their parents get information.

"A lot of our projects will be geared towards engineering because we do want to promote STEM which is science, technology, engineering and mathematics because that's what our organization is based upon."

Noche De Ciencias offers two different workshops for parents. One on understanding college options and another for financial aid including speakers from Texas Tech's Financial Aid Office.

"There just going to go over how to apply for SATs, what are SATs, stuff like that, SAT prep courses, just all kinds of information and also answer any questions they may have as well."

Ignacia Negrete, Noche De Ciencias Coordinator, said she came to the US from Chile when she was 16 and wasn't prepared for the college application process.

"When I was a senior in high school I wish I had some help...I really didn't know how college admission here was so I kind of wish I had more guidance."

Now Negrete can help students like herself get the information they need to get a quality education.

"That's why I'm motivated to help kids that are either motivated or the ones that are not motivated, just help them because there's a lot of kids that have a lot of potential."

The "Science Night" is from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Science Spectrum Tuesday November 5th.

Admission is free and food and drinks will be provided.

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