Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Hispanic Heritage observance began in the United States in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was later expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off every year from September 15 to October 15. It’s a time Hispanics, Latinos, Latinas and Latinx come together to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

This year’s theme: “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The theme encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation. Programs like NSF’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), emphasize the importance of providing opportunities to motivate and inspire Hispanic/Latinx youth to pursue STEM education.

Below are a few ITEST projects helping Hispanic/Latinx youth identify their STEM passions and explore careers in STEM: