A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of taking a group of students in the Academic Advocate program to SDSU for their annual SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) conference. At the conference students rotated to six different workshops where they were able to participate in hands-on projects related to the different fields in engineering. Some of the students’ favorite projects were creating a prosthetic finger out of straws and popsicle sticks and competing against other teams to see how high their water rocket could go. The best part for me as an advocate was seeing my 8th grade students connect engineering to real life jobs. Before this conference my students had heard of engineering, but they did not really understand what a job or major in engineering would mean for their future. I’m happy that my students were able to get this great experience at such a young age so that they have many more years to explore exactly what they want to study in college and beyond.