"New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) is offering a selection of fun and educational acequia learning worksheets to support this amazing opportunity to talk more with children about our family traditions and knowledge around the acequias, farming and gardening, and taking care of the water, seeds, animals, orchards, and land. Download, view, and print PDF's below (also available on NMAA blog) and check back regularly for additional activities in the coming weeks.
As the covid-19 health crisis has made clear - our acequias and food traditions have never been more important. Generations who came before us kept our acequias flowing, cared for the land and water, and saved seeds. As we prepare for a profound transformation of our economies, educational systems, and communities, we will continue to be vigilant in protecting our water, acequias, and farmland and we will work the land to grow food for our communities. Toward that vision, NMAA is sharing seeds to support you in planting your gardens. Seeds carry ancestral memory and they also carry our potential for the future. By sharing and growing seeds, we are shaping the future for our children and grandchildren, and also taking practical action to ensure health, food access and food security for our communities."
Now is the time to plant seeds!! NMAA is providing seeds of different vegetables and traditional crops for anyone who needs seed for their farm or garden this season. If you are in need of seed and have not yet made your request, please do so soon so we can get your package on the way to you! To make a request, fill out the online form here - OR call our office at (505) 995-9644 and leave a voicemail.
Share pictures of your seeds and plants:
- By email to email@example.com
- Add a comment on the Semillas pa la Gente blog on our website lasacequias.org
- Post on Facebook & tag @New Mexico Acequia Association
- Use hashtag #SemillasPaLaGente on Instagram & Facebook
Gente de la Tierra - Siembren sus jardines! People of the land - plant your gardens!
Join a LIVE plática, via an online gathering, to learn and share knowledge about our gardens. You will have an opportunity to 'Ask an Acequia Farmer' and share your stories and experiences about planting. This is the first in a series of gatherings for the 2020 growing season. Everyone with all levels of gardening and farming skills are welcome and encouraged to participate, as we keep building our local food sovereignty one garden at a time!
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Connect by Zoom or Phone (see directions below)
Our first call will feature two beloved maestros to answer questions and share their wisdom -
Lorenzo Candelaria (Cornelio Candelaria Organics) and Donne Gonzales (Chicoyole Farm).
Both are mentors with NMAA's Sembrando Semillas program.
We will also have acompanamiento de música with David Garcia.
Please click here to register.
You can also use this form to send us questions in advance.
HOW TO USE 'ZOOM':
Option A - Connect from your computer or smart phone internet:
The Santa Fe Community Educators Network (CEN), a working group of the Opportunity Santa Fe Birth to Career collective action initiative, created and distributed over 600 activity kits for families and children (k-12) who may not have access to the internet, by putting together activities and workbooks for students in English and Spanish. To access activities for children, please visit the CEN website here where you will find General Resources for families developed by local museums, cultural institutions, and nonprofits, as well as resources organized by grade levels.
Nairobi, 22 April 2020 - " In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world. The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.
According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 1.5 billion learners are affected by COVID-19 school closures. The pandemic has caused a health, economic, and education crisis; in the age of physical and social constraints, there is a strong need for global science literacy.
That is why UNEP and TED-Ed — in coordination with 30 collaborators, including National Geographic, WWF and UNESCO — came together to launch Earth School in just over two weeks. Built for children and youth ages 5-18, it spans 30 school days that run between Earth Day and World Environment Day on June 5, which this year will take place under the banner of Time for Nature.
TED-Ed creates free, video-based lessons on everything from animals and climate change to underwater farms. It is the educational arm of TED, whose library of thousands of interactive lessons — built by a network of 500,000 educators from across the world — spans all ages and subjects.
Each Adventure has been carefully selected by a panel of expert practitioners and caters to different age groups. Each consists of a hands-on experiment and nature discovery. In addition to TED-Ed’s own content, Earth School will feature videos from notable media organizations including National Geographic, PBS LearningMedia and the BBC with the goal of empowering participating students to be caretakers of our planet.
“Billions of children are currently out of school because of COVID-19. But learning cannot stop. COVID-19 has revealed how deeply interconnected all life on this planet is," said UNEP’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen. "I am delighted that UNEP, along with TED-Ed and other collaborators, are launching Earth School. Learning about the natural world will be critical to building a better and sustainable future for all."
“These unprecedented times highlight just how important it is for young people to connect with the natural world and understand science,” said Vicki Phillips, executive vice president and chief education officer at the National Geographic Society. “We’re thrilled to join forces with trusted organizations like UNEP and TED-Ed to cultivate a spirit of exploration and build empathy for the Earth, no matter where students are the world — even if it's from inside their homes, from a window, or on a short walk in the neighborhood.”
“Despite being confined to their homes, this project shows that students, parents and teachers throughout the world can still engage in science-based learning and adventures together. Earth School is a collaboration between so many talented educators and incredible partners from around the world, which is why we’re proud and thrilled to see the initiative feeding the global curiosity of home-bound students, all of whom are the future environmental stewards of our planet. This platform is a gateway to some of the most inspiring lessons on nature and the environment, and each lesson comes with practical and fun activities that students can engage with and share,” said Logan Smalley, founding director of TED’s youth and education initiative, TED-Ed.
The lessons were curated by a team of environmental education experts including Kathleen Usher Ph.D, Jessie Oliver and Juliane Voss, who worked with over 100 contributors in creating Earth School. The initiative is in support of SDG 4.7 and the Decade of Delivery and will contribute towards the Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO last month to convene governments, technology partners and leaders in the education field to keep pupils learning. As part of this coalition, UNEP will be exploring how this content can be adapted and shared with children who aren’t able to access the Internet.
Collaborators who have agreed to support this initiative include: BBC Ideas, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Conservation International, CEE, Earth Day Network, Earth Challenge 2020, Environment Online (ENO), GeSI, International Olympic Committee, IUCN, Institute for Planetary Security, Junior Achievement, Learning in Nature, Littlescribe, Minecraft, National Geographic Society, Ocean Wise, Only One, Royal Geographic Society, SciStarter, Sitra, TAT, TED-Ed, The Nature Conservancy, UN Convention on Biodiversity, UN SDSN / TRENDS, UN Technology Innovation Lab, UNCCD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, University of Pennsylvania, Vult Labs, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Wild Immersion and WWF."
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 500,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.
For more information, please contact:
Keishamaza Rukikaire, Head of News & Media, UNEP, +254717080753
Melody Serafino, TED Press
'This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Join in on the fun and celebrate Earth Day 2020 with these cool, easy-to-do, at-home activities for you and your family. Grow a plant in a bottle, learn about recycling, turn the lights off, and discover all the ways you can Take Action at Home for Earth Day!
LM News: www.energy.gov/lm/articles/proud-present-stem-lm
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From Girls Who Code:
"If you could hike anywhere in the world on Earth Day (this Wednesday!) where would you go? Which trees would you hug? Which lakes would you splash around in? We know. It’s hard to be stuck inside right now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our beautiful planet! That’s why this week’s coding activity involves creating a virtual hike! 🏔 Download the activity, and don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday, 4/22 at 1 pm ET, we are teaching this lesson live on IG with a surprise guest! DOWNLOAD NOW You’ll need at least two people, but this game works for a big group too! And definitely share your photos tagging @GirlsWhoCode #CodeFromHome—we want to see how well you did.
Tune in on Wednesday, 4/15 at 1 pm ET, we are teaching this lesson live on IG with a surprise guest! "
If you are a graduating high school senior planning to further your STEM studies, register today!
Participating Students are Eligible for $1000 Scholarships
The Air Force Research Lab New Mexico Tech Engagement Office today announced it will again be hosting New Mexico STEM Signing Day. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s STEM Signing Day will be held virtually. It will also be open to more students across the state who will be eligible to win one of several $1000 scholarships. The AFRL NM Tech Engagement Office created the New Mexico STEM Signing Day last year as a way to celebrate high school seniors who are making a commitment to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering or math related fields. Fashioned after athletic signing days, students will sign “letters of intent” to their chosen field and school.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our high school seniors hard. Traditions they had been looking forward to for years, such as graduation ceremonies and prom, have been cancelled. That’s why it was important for us to find a way to celebrate these students, their accomplishments and their future plans,” said Matt Fetrow, Director of the AFRL NM Tech Engagement Office.
“As we look for new and innovative ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 during this unforeseen time, High School STEM Signing Day is a wonderful new tradition,” said Public Education Department Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart. “I am so proud of our high school students for advancing their college and career ambitions. The resilience that our Seniors are demonstrating during this challenging time will serve them well in their future STEM careers.”
Traditionally, schools are asked to nominate students to participate in STEM Signing Day, but this year students will be able to self-nominate. Any New Mexico high school senior who is graduating this spring and who plans to attend a two- or four-year institution next fall to pursue a degree in a STEM-related field is invited to participate. Interested students can register online through April 30, 2020 at www.afrlnewmexico.com/stem-signing-day.
Students who register will be sent their letters of intent which they can print out and sign. Students and families are encouraged to hold their own STEM Signing Day celebrations at home and then share it on social media with the hashtag #NMSTEMSigningDay2020. Students and families will also be invited to an exclusive statewide virtual STEM Signing Day celebration on May 4, 2020 and participating students will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.
“STEM jobs have always been vital to the economic health of New Mexico and our country, but the current pandemic is showing us that we need scientists and other STEM professionals more than ever” Matt Fetrow, added. “That’s why it’s important to recognize those students who are interested in furthering their STEM education and pursuing STEM careers.”
About the AFRL Tech Engagement Office
The AFRL Tech Engagement Office handles tech transfer/commercialization and STEM education outreach programs for Air Force Research Lab New Mexico. These programs are administered through agreements with various partners, including New Mexico Tech University, the University of New Mexico, Explora and the New Mexico Trade Alliance.
NM CS PD Week will continue for its third year and will be moving the experience to an online, blended PD experience. Each strand will have its own approach but all will happen during June 1-5th* with a follow-up, in person workshop in September.
What you need to know:
** Without financial support from our partners at AFRL, Sandia Labs, NM PED, LANL Foundation and others, the NM CS PD Week would cost about $1500 per teacher. Nationally, other groups are charging $1000 to $2500 for a similar PD.
From: Pueblo of Sandia
Check out the ArcGIS mapping resource created by the Pueblo of Sandia to map COVID-19 locally!
Pueblo of Sandia
GIS Program https://sandiapueblo.nsn.us/lands/gis-program/
"In 1996, the Pueblo of Sandia recognized that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology was a powerful tool to effectively support infrastructure management activities. GIS has the ability to support tribal decision-making by analyzing geographic or spatial information and then developing associated GIS data along with the development of relevant maps and reports. Over the years, the Pueblo of Sandia GIS program has grown into a robust technical services program that provides GIS technology and products related to Enterprise Geodatabase management, asset and infrastructure management, mapping, GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data collection, GIS Map Books, Portal for ArcGIS and online web mapping applications to the Pueblo of Sandia. The GIS program securely manages and maintains all of the valued cultural, natural, political and infrastructure asset data for the Pueblo of Sandia.
The goal of the Pueblo of Sandia’s GIS Program is to securely manage, maintain and update the Pueblo’s geospatial data efficiently and enforce data integrity. The primary objective was to adopt cutting edge geospatial technology toolsets and modernize the GIS infrastructure to organize and manage all geospatial data with a logical system to move towards building a comprehensive geospatial asset management system. These goals allowed the GIS team to track our spatial assets, maintain records and manage an accurate geospatial data inventory. It also facilitated access and data delivery to all authorized users including our non-GIS audience to data that is centralized and secure that they can adopt and use as a Pueblo-wide decision making tool for planning processes."
To learn more about local GIS training opportunities for k-12 students and teachers, visit Community Learning Network's ArcGIS pilot.
Twirl's 6th Annual Invent Event was scheduled for the weekend of April 17th. This unique Taos maker faire, produced by Twirl in collaboration with 65 amazing community partners, gives kids and families rich opportunities to play, create and make together at 35+ hands-on stations. Many talented individuals share their expertise, skills and time at this event and it really does showcase our community at its creative and collaborative best. Sadly, we won't be convening 1,200 other people in a gymnasium any time soon, but that doesn't mean the show can't go on!
Join us this Friday 17 April from 2pm - 3:15pm on Facebook Live for some fun at home maker projects hosted by Nina, Liana and Amber and generously sponsored by Dimond Mortgage.
The line-up below includes suggested materials to have on hand if you'd like to follow along. But don't worry, all the projects will be available as videos on our Facebook page and Youtube channel after the live event for you to refer back to. Follow along and make, craft build and play with us!
Friday - April 17, 2020
2:00pm - Upcycled Cars with NinaSupplies: recycled container(bottle, tea or cracker box), kebob sticks, straws, bottle caps, something sharp to punch a hole with, decorative nicknacks
2:15pm - Marble Mazes with Liana
Supplies: cereal box or other cardboard box, objects to glue such as corks, bottle caps, scraps of cardboard, glue, marble, markers for decoration.
2:30pm - Pulleys for Preschoolers with Amber
Rope, yarn or string, a fixed higher point & a bucket or container with a handle.
2:45pm - Chain Reactions with Liana
Dominos, balls, books, boxes, cardboard tubes, masking tape - anything you think could make a great chain reaction. Grab things as you go!
3:00pm - Button cars with Amber
2 twist ties, a clothes pin, 4 buttons of similar size, tape and scissors.
Developing a maker mindset is at the heart of Twirl's community outreach programs. Children are natural makers - give a young kid a cardboard box, and they'll think of myriad ways to put it to use. Making inspires curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and self-confidence. It allows kids to take control and become absorbed in the process, rather than the product. They learn to iterate and problem-solve rather than fixating on the right answer. It fosters resilience and adaptability, which not only prepares kids for a rapidly-changing workforce, but as we are witnessing today, a highly unpredictable world.
How can you facilitate maker learning at home? Provide a space where it's ok for kids to be messy. At least for the time being. Hoard your recyclables - today's yogurt carton is only a few steps away from becoming tomorrow's robot! Have some basic supplies on hand like glue, markers, paper, scissors, tape (masking tape is perfect for most projects) and then scavenge for the rest. Everything around you is a potential material for making - from found objects in nature to that old jumper you were going to throw away. Buttons! Bottle caps! CDs! Remember those! Finally, step back and let your child take control, unless they want your help. Your helpful idea about the best way to do something might not match their own thinking - so if you have a better idea, make your own! Working alongside your child on projects is a great way to have fun and learn from each other at the same time.
You'll find some great kid maker sites on our Twirl Resources Page here.
We also have a bunch of fun Twirl@Home project ideas on our Activities Page
that you can try using every day recyclables.
These projects are part of a pamphlet of ideas that went into the first of our Twirl@Home Creativity Bags, along with some arts and craft supplies. These are going out this week to 200 students served by the Las Cumbres Nurturing Center at Enos Garcia. Thanks Siena, Andy and Connie for your help distributing them! And to Dimond Mortgage and Randall Lumber & Hardware for your generous sponsorship of the bag contents. Plus, a huge shout out to the Taos News for donating 200 newspapers to go with the bags, which feature fun ideas on what to do with a newspaper once you've finished reading it!
Twirl@Home Supplies Now Available
If you're running low on arts and craft supplies, or other items that support play and learning at home, Twirl is here to help. Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests and she'll get back to you with options and pricing. Make sure to put Twirl@Home in the subject line of your email.
Twirl@Home Youtube Videos
Don't forget that our Twirl Taos Youtube channel will have new videos every week for you to play and create along with us at home. Check out Liana's new video tutorial on how to sew your own face mask and see how Amber and her puppet friends were able to help the Cow Jump Over the Moon with a simple machine solution!
Twirl's Covid-19 Resource List features an extensive list of websites providing more ideas on how you and your child can play, create, explore, discover and learn @ home as well as practical resources for parents.
Let's stay connected: Like our Facebook Page, Subscribe to our Youtube channel and Follow @twirleye on Instagram.
We now have classes 5 days a week on our Facebook Page at 11am. Join Twirl teachers as we play, sing and dance together from home! These classes are archived on our YoutubeChannel and Facebook page.
Battelle Develops System to Decontaminate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Meet Growing Demand During COVID-19 Crisis
Battelle Memorial Institute, which is part of Triad National Security LLC and working with Texas A&M University System and the University of California to run Los Alamos Laboratory, is working to support front-line healthcare workers as they face critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Battelle developed the CCDS Critical Care Decontamination SystemTM. The CCDS is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 respirator masks each day using concentrated, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP). The respirator masks are exposed to the validated concentration level for 2.5 hours to decontaminate biological contaminates, including SARS-CoV-2. Battelle CCDSTM can decontaminate the same respirator mask up to 20 times without degrading the mask’s performance.