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Manos Student and Volunteer

MANOS Celebrating 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 to pursue careers in science and engineering.

What must a student do to participate in the program?

Students must currently be enrolled in grades 6th through 8th. There is no cost to the student for attending the program.

Students must adhere to the Code of Conduct Download PDF (143 KB) Registration is limited, sign-up early.

What is the purpose of the Manos Program?

  • Develop awareness and pride in 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 precollege level. Manos nurtures “hands-on” science, technology, engineering and math experiences primarily for Hispanic students, but open to all students. Manos works to improve students’ academic rate of success and personal self-esteem. The Manos Program continues to foster and expand awareness of self-respect for the contributions and achievements of Hispanic inventors and scientists. Through interdisciplinary activities, “Great Minds” and “Creative Thinkers” are excited about their future. Register ONLINE:


Students are transported via bus from target schools as indicated on the flyer (221 KB). All students not able to ride the bus from the target school are required to provide their own transportation. All students must be picked up by class dismissal promptly at 6:00 p.m.

MANOS Program is Every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — During APS School Year.


National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
1704th Street SW
Pete V. Domenici Education Building
(Creative Classroom)