Welcome to Noche de Ciencias™
At SHPE, we know early exposure to STEM positively influences the likelihood of a student choosing it for their career path. The Noche de Ciencias™ (NdC) program is designed to introduce the profound possibilities of STEM to high schoolers and their families.
About the Program
Noche de Ciencias events engage and inspire Hispanic youth (and their parents) to pursue STEM degrees and careers and ultimately advance SHPE’s mission and vision. NdC events are delivered by SHPE Professional and University chapters, and can be offered in conjunction with a SHPE Jr. Chapter. Chapters work with a target school to recruit participants, and NdC events may be hosted at the target school or another venue in the community.
NdC programming is aligned with impactful STEM after-school programs that yield STEM specific benefits, such as pursuing STEM education and career paths later in life. NdC objectives are grouped into three (3) main categories:
- increasing awareness of STEM fields and careers;
- increasing participants’ beliefs about their ability to succeed in STEM; and
- increasing participants’ sense of STEM identity.
These objectives are accomplished through interactive STEM activities, networking opportunities, and sharing information on SHPE, as well as, by helping parents understand STEM opportunities through Bilingual Parent Workshops.
NOTE: On occasion, the event is held during the day, in which case it may be called Día de Ciencias.
Funding NdC Events
Many SHPE Chapters fund Noche de Ciencias events through chapter resources or through corporate sponsorship. In addition, SHPE National has funding available to support NdC events through two types of grants:
1. Noche de Ciencias Mini Grants
Mini-grants provide $500 to support a NdC event which is awarded in two disbursements (Part 1-$250 before the event; and Part 2-$250 after the event). The event must have at least 50 participants (parents and students are counted as participants; volunteers and educators should NOT be included in the participant count). SHPE anticipates funding twenty NdC Mini Grants for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
2. Noche de Ciencias Reimbursement Grants
Reimbursement grants provide up to $4000 to support a NdC event. Reimbursement grants cover actual expenses and funds are disbursed after the event when documentation is complete. Funding levels correspond to the number of participants:
- Up to $1000 for a minimum of 50 participants
- Up to $2000 for a minimum of 100 participants
- Up to $3000 for a minimum of 150 participants
- Up to $4000 for a minimum of 200 participants
SHPE anticipates awarding between 40-45 Reimbursement Awards, with the majority being funded at the $1000 level.
When you host a NdC event, it is critical that you gather Accident & Media Liability Release Waivers, and that you collect information to allow SHPE to study the both local and overall NdC impacts. You are required to utilize the following items:
- Accident & Media Liability Release Waivers
- Program Sign-In Sheets
- NdC Participant Post-Survey (coming soon)
- NdC Parent Post-Survey (coming soon)
Copies of these forms are found below. To receive funding, you must also provide itemized receipts for all expenses.
Noche de Ciencias Manual
This manual provides comprehensive guidance on how to deliver a NdC event, including sections on:
- SHPE & Noche de Ciencias Overview
- Planning & Organizing a Noche de Ciencias Event
- Event Outreach: Fundraising & Marketing
- Noche de Ciencias Event Flow and Logistics
- Event Planning Checklist
Outreach Letter to Target School
Template letter for communicating with the target schools which explains SHPE, Noche de Ciencias, and specifics of the planned event.
Speaker / VIP Invitation
This template can be used either in letter or email form to invite individuals to attend the planned event. The letter could be adapted for use to invite potential speakers, local professionals, educators, administrators, or community leaders to attend your event.
Download Speaker / VIP Invitation
This template can be used to ask for contributions to support your event.
Download Fundraising Letter
- Branded Event Flyers
Sample Press Release
This template can be adapted and used as a press release or for event messaging for media distribution. It is also available in a Spanish version.
Accident & Media Release Waiver
This template allows you to create paper copies of your Accident & Media Release Form for parents to sign.
Event Sign-In Sheets
This template will allow you to create sign-in sheets for the day of your event. Both an English and a Spanish version of the sign-in sheet are included in the template.
Thank You Letter
This template can be adapted to thank individuals or organizations that contributed to the success of your event.
Hands-On STEM Activity Ideas
SHPE National is in the process of developing hands-on activity resources to support NdC events. When these resources are available, they will be posted here. There are also many hands-on activity resources available online, including:
Parent Session Resources -
SHPE developed and translated two parent workshops that can be adapted for your use. The first workshop is on Understanding College Options and the second workshop is on Financial Aid. These presentations will help you educate parents about college access, funding, STEM career pathways and the fundamentals of STEM. The Noche de Ciencias Manual provides information on how to update the Financial Aid presentation with information about universities and colleges in your area.
- Understanding College Options – English (coming soon)
- Understanding College Options – Spanish (coming soon)
- Financial Aid – English (coming soon)
- Financial Aid – Spanish (coming soon)
Noche de Ciencias
"Science is too wonderful for it to be exclusive and too important to leave anyone out."Dr. France A Cordova Director, National Science Foundation