Students across San Antonio, including hundreds from the Harlandale ISD, spent a total of 11 days honoring Mayor Julian Castor’s STEM Proclamation, an effort to raise awareness and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
It all started November 6 on the steps of City Hall where the Mayor, joined by GEAR UP students from Harlandale High School, announced the initiative. Even on that day, teenagers were sharing their aspirations to become engineers and forensic scientists. The excitement grew as the week continued.
November 9 - GEAR UP students from McCollum visited the UT Health Science Center’s Science Expo where they had the opportunity to explore health professions through activities, presentations, and interactions with college students and faculty.
November 13 & 14 – The 4th Annual Core 4 STEM Day was held at the Freeman Expo Hall and each day was designated as Latina Day or Latino Day. Harlandale ISD took a total of 80 young 7th and 8th grade girls from all middle schools on Wednesday and about the same amount of boys on Thursday.
November 15 - Students from both HISD high schools had the opportunity to meet former United States Astronaut Jose Hernandez, a childhood migrant farmworker who aspired to reach the sky. Mr. Hernandez shared his journey and shared some words of wisdom, encouragement, and the importance of never giving up.
November 16 – Seventh, eighth and ninth grade students along with their families were invited to the Core 4 Family STEM Day at UTSA and St. Phillips College where there were booths and activities for al of them to participate in.