HESTEC fascinates students with biological sciences
In its 17th year, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) is setting sights on biology and younger minds.
This year the program has reached out to elementary school children to spark fires in the hearts and minds of fourth- and fifth-grade students. With exhibitioners like Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the National Parks Service, Gladys Porter Zoo and even the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, children were exposed to living animals and STEM-related fields they may have never imagined existed.
“I think it is good because the kids are getting their feet wet and start to see what career paths they want to take,” said Nicole Murillo, a fifthgrade teacher at Cash Elementary in San Benito.
Brownsville PUB discussed water treatment plants and their role in the community.
“They were really interested in the water, how it goes from the sewer to the plant,” Murillo said. “They are into the lesson, and I don’t think they have ever heard it before.”