The Dublin City School District is hoping to raise interest in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math in a group currently underrepresented in the fields.
A STEM information night, slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, is aimed at showing Spanish-speaking Dublin students and their parents different jobs available in STEM and how to get there.
Getting more students interested in STEM has been a goal for Dublin City Schools' Manager of STEM Initiatives, Kimberly Clavin, who grew up in a primarily Spanish-speaking community.
"I've been reading all the articles and being at OSU helped me gain an understanding that underrepresented minorities in STEM are a need," Clavin said.
"We don't have enough people in STEM, so we need to work on getting underrepresented minorities in STEM."
The evening is for students in grades 4-12 and their parents, but the event is open to all, Clavin said.
"The goal is to raise awareness in the STEM fields as well as build confidence," she said.
Speakers and activities are slated for 6:30-7:30 p.m. with time at the end to walk around, view displays and ask questions.
Clavin recruited an Ohio State University professor to speak as well as a Honda engineer.
"Kinetic Noise is coming to speak and Honda is coming to speak about its work study program, opportunities in STEM and tech degrees," Clavin said.
She said her goal since beginning the new position at the start of the school year has been to show students the wide variety of careers in the STEM field and classes they can take in the district to grow interests.
"I'll be there to talk about offerings at Dublin City Schools," she said.
"If you like this stuff, this is the path you want to take."
College-level STEM organizations will be on hand along with translators and child care for ages 3 and up.
"There will be a childcare room where Math Plus Academy is donating a STEM activity," Clavin said.
Clavin is unsure of how many to expect for the new event, but could receive many. Dublin City Schools has hundreds of English-language learners and the student population represents more than 60 countries.