Latino Organization Focusing on Developing STEM Leaders
The Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities. MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. The idea to establish a professional society for Mexican American engineers originated with an aerospace electronics engineer who had served for several years as a volunteer for programs directed at combating the alarming number of high school dropouts. He envisioned a national organization that would serve as a source for role models, address the needs of its members, and become a resource for industry and students. Individuals pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and enrolled in a two-year, four-year, or graduate institution of higher learning are invited to join MAES. The annual student membership dues of $10 provides career center access, MAES scholarship opportunities; access to the MAES online community, mentorshipopportunities, and more.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Twig Science Reporter is a freeweekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.