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STEM Learning for Latino's: Author Armando Arias

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Join author "Sonny Boy" Arias as he shares STEM Studies through the eyes of César Chávez on Friday, March 27th at 2pm at the Bonita Museum.

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In Theorizing César Chávez : New Ways of Knowing STEM, the author, “Sonny Boy” Arias, reveals the shortcomings—and opportunities—of the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with the focus on Latino youth. Recommended reading for educators and administrators in STEM-oriented programs and for use in university and college classrooms of Hispanic serving institutions.

In a personal revelation that “he heard from César Chávez,” Dr. Sonny Boy (as César called him) says Chávez encouraged him to create a “theory of theorizing” by infusing César’s values and beliefs into a new paradigm for examining and analyzing science, especially STEM fields.

In this novel approach to address shortcomings in the teaching of the sciences, Sonny Boy causes confusion, contradictions and crosswinds as a way to forge links between the arts and humanities, and the social, behavioral and hard sciences. Sonny Boy’s idea of theorizing César Chávez is an intriguing approach to idea development that will no doubt be found as original, visionary and inspiring.

In constant search for techniques to train the imagination, Dr. Sonny Boy introduces science friction, his approach to creating a virtual presence in the absence of César Chávez. You will find this book at the same time riveting and perhaps stranger than fiction.

This approach has led the author to employ un-orthodox narratives that go beyond the familiar conventions of chronicling the life and times of César Chávez, yet at the same time provides new intersections for the examination of the sciences. By introducing visionary challenges, Dr. Sonny Boy takes great liberties with his own imagination by introducing César (and us) to his future Self as a PhD, hence, the act of “theorizing César Chávez.”

Through this new lens he has forged, Sonny Boy enables us, through César’s critical eye, to examine the state of STEM studies in American society today.

Highly recommended reading for educators and administrators in STEM-oriented programs and for use in university and college classrooms of Hispanic Serving Institutions. A must-read as well for foundation representatives who provide financial support to STEM programs.

Keywords: César Chávez, social psychology, sociology, psychology, sociology of knowledge, scientific thinking, science fiction, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, scientific revolutions, philosophy of science, paradigm shifts, ethnic studies, Chicano studies, and literature.

Theorizing César Chávez : New Ways of Knowing STEM is a publication of the Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press. For more information, contact somossubmissions@gmail.com.

The author was born in Chula Vista, CA. and raised in National City attending UC San Diego.

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