Linking Experiential Workshops and Increased STEM Interest Among First- and Second-Generation Latino Youth


  • Jeff Sallee Oklahoma State University 4-H Youth Development
  • Ronald B. Cox Oklahoma State University
  • Rita Flores Oklahoma State University
  • Steven R. Cooper Oklahoma State University
  • Belinda I. Gomez U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
  • Craig A. Gifford New Mexico State University
  • Jennifer A. Hernandez-Gifford New Mexico State University



STEM, latino, hispanic, animal science, biotechnology, digital media


Extension outreach professionals are searching for new methods to target the growing population of Latino students. Oklahoma State University faculty in the Animal Science department and the 4-H Youth Development program partnered to sponsor a 4-H STEM Institute designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math to Latino students in the Unidos Se Puede program. The STEM Institute was designed to introduce the Latino youth to college life and STEM based career opportunities. The program was evaluated utilizing the 4-H Common Measures Science instruments. The results indicate a positive impact on the youth’s perception of STEM as a career option. The students increase in self-efficacy predicts the students will increase their persistence in the subjects of science and math (Simpkins, Davis-Kean, & Eccles, 2006). Increased persistence in science and math leads to increased success in post secondary STEM studies and occupations.


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