Sierra Middle Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists

October 19, 2016 – Last week, hundreds of parents and students participated in the ninth annual Family Science Night at Sierra Middle School to learn about the labor field that requires professionals who will help face and solve the new challenges of the world: the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“California has a great need for STEM people. We do not have enough engineers to fill the vacant slots. Therefore we are trying to get the students interested in STEM,” said Robert Hodash, Science Teacher at Sierra Middle School.

“Math and sciences are in everyone’s life,” said Veronica Salazar, Engineer at General Electric, who offered science demonstrations. “You live in a community where the industries of oil, agriculture and aerospace are prominent. STEM careers will make possible for our students to contribute to their community when they become professionals in these fields,” Salazar added.

Students and parents constructed bridges, straw towers, built balloon race cars, balloon rockets and observed several science experiments. “With STEM we are able to discover new things that are beneficial to our lives,” said Meadow Doman, 7th grade student. “There is no frontier for STEM, it never stops, it never ends,” said Candace Powell, Meadow’s grandmother.

The Family Science Night was hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and sponsored by Chevron and Frito Lay.



Families arriving to the event.


Teacher Robert Hodash and students.


Parent and students learning about technological inventions inspired by nature.


Candace Powell and her family.



Representatives of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

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