Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers

Manos Student and Volunteer

MANOS celebrates 25 years!

The Sandia National Laboratories Hispanic Outreach for Leadership and Awareness (HOLA) and Community Involvement Department, in partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, announces the annual Manos Hands-on Science and Engineering Program for Hispanic middle school students. The program is designed to introduce math, science and engineering concepts to mid-school students and spark their interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields.

What must a student do to participate in the program?

Students must currently be enrolled in grades 6-8. There is no cost to the student to attend the program.

Students must adhere to the Code of Conduct (download the PDF, 143 KB). Registration is limited, so students are encouraged to sign up early.

What is the purpose of the Manos Program?

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Develop awareness and pride in the accomplishments of Hispanic professionals and inventors.
  • Increase the pool of Hispanic students who pursue degrees in STEM.
  • Support the development of a scientific and technically trained student base with hands-on technology experiences.


Manos provides students the opportunity for early high-tech business involvement with local communities. Young minds are inspired through engineering and scientific experiences. The focus is to increase and promote student academic excellence at the pre-college level.

Manos nurtures “hands-on” science, technology, engineering and math experiences primarily for Hispanic students, but open to all students. The program works to improve students’ academic rate of success and personal self-esteem. It also fosters an awareness of and respect for the contributions and achievements of Hispanic inventors and scientists. Through interdisciplinary activities, our young great minds and creative thinkers get excited about their future.

Students can register here.


Students are transported via bus from target schools as indicated on the flyer (PDF, 221 KB). Students who are not able to ride the bus from a target school will need to provide their own transportation. All students must be picked up by class dismissal promptly at 6 p.m.

The MANOS Program is held every Thursday from 4-6 p.m., during the APS school year.