Explore the Grand Canyon through iVFT technology! There are several tours to choose from, including the Unguided Exploration, the Mystery of Blacktail Canyon, and Layers & Superposition, Check out the depths of the Grand Canyon without having to leave your home!
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Registration is now open for the True Kids 1 Digital Day Camp. Classes will run June 1-30.
The camp is free for youth ages 8-18. Sign up today at www.TrueKids1.org.
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CORONAVIRUS NEW MEXICOby: Jami Seymore
Posted: Apr 10, 2020 / 05:09 AM MDT/ Updated: Apr 10, 2020 / 09:08 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – "Local robotics students are using their knowledge of technology to help healthcare workers. Using 3D printers they build themselves, they’re making protective face shields.
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the gears from turning for one group of talented students. The ‘Be Greater Than Average‘ robotics team may be spending more time at home now, but when they saw medical workers in need of PPE, or personal protective equipment, they got to work.
“While we’re a championship robotics team, a big part of that, kind of secret sauce, is that these kids have been taught to be leaders in our community,” said Dr. Shelly Gruenig, CEO of Be Greater Than Average and the coach of the robotics team. “It’s no surprise to me that one of my students sent a message and said, ‘hey, I have an idea,’ and that’s usually how our projects get started.”
Gruenig says around 20 members of the team are using 3D printers they built themselves to make the protective face shields. They use the printers to make the head pieces. “Part of it is 3D printed and the other part is just a typical transparency sheet that is three-hole-punched or it’s hole-punched in the right place,” said Gruenig. “It goes on and the medical people wear this to protect themselves.”
One of the students, Parker Willis, says the shields are cheap and easy to make. She has three of her 3D printers running non-stop to make the head pieces. “There’s a lot of downtime where I can keep an eye on it, and go and do my own thing, you know, homework,” said Willis, who is a junior at Sandia Preparatory School.
The robotics students hope to make enough for the entire community and beyond the metro. However, they need donations to continue making it happen.
“We need people donating transparency sheets, and/or money to buy the filament, the materials to make these masks,” said Willis, also noting that if you’re unable to donate materials, they’re also in need of people to help with assembly and delivery.
Gruenig says she’s inspired by the young leaders, taking this extra time at home to give back to their community. “This is a real example of how they are using their own skills, using things they have learned, teaming up together,” said Gruenig. “Not only are they championship robotics team, but they are championship young people.”
Gruenig says they’re also 3D printing ventilator parts for a local company putting together ventilators for area hospitals. If you are able to make a material or monetary donation, you can contact them through the R4Creating website or donate directly via Paypal."
From Santa Fe Public Library: Seeds for home gardening have been scarce, as many Americans hunker down and plant gardens for the pleasure of it and for the food resources. But there’s great news for Santa Feans who will be able to access a special cache of seeds. Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners, in partnership with the Santa Fe Public Library are creating free Mini Seed Libraries which will be placed around the county by Saturday, April 25. They consist of a representative selection of seeds that were to be distributed at the Seed Library at the Southside branch library on Jaguar Drive.
Because of the Governor’s orders, the library was closed and with it our thousands of seeds. At the same time, food scarcity and a high demand for seeds, which are sold out at many online and local retail locations, became a reality in our community. That was the impetus for liberating our seeds and distributing them via the “Mini Seed Library” project.
“We hope this supports the current high demand for seeds, helps address urgent food scarcity issues, and encourages people to start saving seeds,” said Santa Fe Extension Master Gardener Seed Stewardship Project co-leader, Susie Sonflieth.
Mini Seed Library locations, April 25 through June 15, unless otherwise indicated:
County Fairgrounds, Santa Fe,
3229 Rodeo Road–outside the white gate–Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Southside Library, Santa Fe,
6599 Jaguar Drive–under the portal–Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reunity Resources, Santa Fe
1829 San Ysidro Crossing, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call to confirm (505) – 490 – 1047
La Tienda, Eldorado
7 Caliente Road, Eldorado, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Galisteo Park, Galisteo, NM,
Next to the church on Camino Los Abuelos, April 25 and 26 only
The libraries will be self-serve and the seeds are free. People are asked to take only five packets per person and observe social distancing and use proper hand sanitizing and masks. Instructions for how to use the mini library while observing recommended safety regulations will be posted on each container as well as on a sign nearby.
In addition, seeds will be distributed to the Food Depot, Tewa Women United, and New Mexico Acequia Association to support their community food distribution programs. There will also be a container at the Community Garden on Cerro Gordo for their members’ use only.
Growing tips and techniques, informational resources, and a planting calendar are available at https://SFEMG.org/seed-stewardship-project/
Throughout the temporary closure, Santa Fe Children's Museum launched a Museum@Home to provide educational information and fun projects to keep kids learning. The Santa Fe Chioldren's Museum is providing fresh ideas and resources online including STEAM based learning and virtual field trips.
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates