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New Mexico Highlands University and Santa Fe Children’s Museum team up to bring bright rebranded Grab and Go Kits to children and families
Submitted by Hannah Hausman, Santa Fe Children's Museum
Santa Fe Children’s Museum
(Santa Fe, NM) - The Santa Fe Children’s Museum (SFCM) is thrilled to announce a line of newly designed Grab and Go Kits designed by students from New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts & Technology Department. Created for New Mexico children and families without access to the internet, and as a way to serve our community during these unprecedented times, these kits provide hands-on STEM and art-based activities for the whole family to enjoy, at home.
Using the kit themes, Paper Rivers, Rain Jar, and Solar System String, visual communications students from the Department of Media Arts and Technology designed new, creative brand packaging, and curriculum materials for the Grab and Go Kit Program. Advanced Design Practices course instructor Mariah Fox Hausman said, “Sam Gallegos led the student team and played an important role in developing the logo mark, while Krislyn Padilla pitched some fun ideas for the ‘Solar System String’ lesson. This project was challenging, and I’m proud of the students’ hard work. The reward of seeing their designs reach communities in need throughout the state is not only priceless but a valuable educational experience.”
“I am so grateful for the Highlands partnership and so happy with the work of the students. It hit home on our mission of discovering the joy of learning, play, and community. We are very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing pool of local talent.” —Leona Hillary, Director of Education at SFCM
With donor support, and since March 2020, the Children’s Museum has delivered 7,000+ complimentary kits to children and families across the State of New Mexico. Kits have been distributed with the help of partners including:
About Department of Media Arts & Technology New Mexico Highlands University
Our mission is to cultivate a homegrown talent pool of multimedia specialists capable of working with cultural content and committed to serving their communities. Year-round, New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts & Technology places students from diverse populations into cultural institutions, like museums and libraries, where they use skills learned in our degree program to enhance information presentation and accessibility.
About Santa Fe Children’s Museum
Celebrating its 36 year, the Santa Fe Children's Museum is a nonprofit institution that helps children discover the joy of learning, play, and community through extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities. Though temporarily closed to the public, Santa Fe Children’s Museum offers an exciting line up of programming including Virtual Field Trips, Outdoor Garden Visits, and Grab-and-Go Kits distributed to rural communities.
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Press Release — Immediate Release
CONTACT: Paige Prescott, 505-699-4886, email@example.com
April 27, 2021
Changing the World, One Line of Code at a Time: Supercomputing Challenge
This group of students need to be recognized as critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, and computer scientists:
The Challenge likes to refer to itself as an academic marathon. The top three finalist projects are:
View all the final reports and videos at supercomputingchallenge.org
Supercomputing Challenge students across the state have created computational projects covering such topics as Covid, cancer, cybersecurity, and environmental issues. The Challenge celebrated our 31st annual Expo on April 26th and 27th by moving student final presentations, judging and an award ceremony to a virtual platform for the second year.
Middle and High school students are mentored by community volunteer scientists and computer programmers. The Supercomputing Challenge partners include Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Labs, PNM, Air Force Research Lab, Westwind, bigbyte, VanDyke Software and most state colleges and universities.
Paige Prescott, Executive Director, states that “It's always a thrill to see the teams from around New Mexico get to this point with truly outstanding projects. These students are prepared to be successful in any career. By participating in the Challenge, students learn coding skills as well as practicing grit and persistence. By meeting 21st century skills like meeting deadlines and research, students cross the finish line.
Scholarships worth $10,000 were awarded for students planning to enroll in Eastern, NMSU, UNM and CNM. Many other awards were distributed ranging from $50 per team member for finishing the academic marathon to team prizes of up to $1000 for 1st and additional prizes for other categories such as teamwork, research, technical writing, programming prowess, and community impact.
The Supercomputing Challenge is open to New Mexico middle and high-school students, including home-schooled students. Students work in teams and follow their own interests to choose a topic to computationally model. Any interested new students wanting to be involved can make plans to start the next academic year, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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April 5, 2021
High School Seniors Selected To Attend 2021 NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP
The New Mexico Academy of Science, in conjunction with the National Youth Science Foundation has selected two delegates to represent New Mexico at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). High school seniors with demonstrated accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as leadership skills are invited to apply. Each state selects two delegates from qualified applicants.
Karin Ebey and Othello Gamboa are the 2021 New Mexico delegates. Ebey, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has distinguished herself locally and nationally with her research on population dynamics in crocodilians. Gamboa, who attends NM School for the Arts, is interested in NYSCamp so he can delve more deeply into the connections between the arts and sciences.
Since 1963, NYSCamp has offered a program to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising STEM leaders and provide them with opportunities to engage with STEM professionals. Camp has traditionally been a residential program hosted in the eastern mountains of West Virginia. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 2021 NYSCamp will be an entirely virtual experience.
Support from the National Youth Science Foundation allows Ebey and Gamboa to attend the NYSCamp program free of charge. For more information about the program, please see http://www.nyscamp.org. Delegate recruitment and selection are coordinated locally by the New Mexico Academy of Science.
Submitted by Margaret Showalter
NM State Selection Coordinator for NYSCamp
Board Member New Mexico Academy of Science
Classroom Innovations PLC Initiative
The Classroom Innovations protocol is designed to engage teachers in professional learning communities (PLCs) working to implement the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards, one innovation at a time. This PLC model will meet the unique needs of the school community offering a flexible approach that allows PLCs to choose the path of the learning based on the collective needs of the school community. Innovations include:
School teams are invited to apply by March 8, 2021. If you have further questions, please reach out to Christy Krenek, Science Specialist, at Christy.Krenek@state.nm.us.
OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion
The Math and Science Bureau is partnering with districts interested in a three-year initiative to implement the OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum. Districts will receive on-going implementation support for their science leaders supporting school sites and costs-share to offset training and materials (kit and lab equipment) costs.\
Join us for one of two informational webinars to learn more about this initiative.
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates