Engineering the Future

September 10th, 2020

ETF Updates

Empty chairs in classrooms, silent hallways, and no in person Open House for our schools this month, but the ETF schools are planning amazing virtual Open House experiences for students and families. Exploring virtual classrooms, meeting teachers, viewing videos about school activities, experiencing Google Classrooms, and learning more about Engineering the Future will be online for families and prospective students.

Valley High School PLTW orders arrived last week, and the IQ Robots are ready for use when students return to hybrid or in person learning. Valley would like to welcome Amy Jaramillo to the ETF family. She has taken the huge leap of taking on a new curriculum and leading the charge in Computer Science at Valley. Amy took two PLTW Core training classes this summer, and is currently enrolled in the third class while teaching a full caseload of Computer Science classes! Valley and ETF are so excited to have her onboard!

Garfield Middle School is partnering with Sandia Labs to participate in a coding mentor program. Sandia Lab employees will guide students through coding lessons and help support students and teachers with lessons during the school day. Thanks to Rebecca Carter-Keesling, who has the PLTW App Creator Classes learning some exciting coding and is also branching out to include lessons from her training over the summer from to enhance student learning. We have heard that she has awesome attendance and student participation in her PLTW classes!

Mission Elementary fourth grade classes are gearing up for Science Fiesta! (See below for more information about Science Fiesta). They have been chosen to participate in a take home rocket experiment, and each student will get a hands on rocket kit from Air Force Research Labs to try at home! Thanks to AFRL and the fourth grade team of Sabrina Garcia, Carissa Sauter, and Sophia Carrion for helping get science into the hands of students!

In the Works

Science Fiesta

ETF is excited to share an event sponsored by our community partners. The 2020 NM Science Fiesta is a virtual event to provide individual, family, and community engagement through fun and meaningful activities and interactions with STEAM professionals. This year's event features three unique event platforms: Science Destinations, Science in the Community, and the Science Fiesta Expo.

Science Destinations, September:

Explore science throughout New Mexico at your own pace through Science Destinations. Content curated by STEAM professionals all across the state include videos, activity cards, and more!

Science in the Community, September 18-25:

Enjoy live-streamed events all week! Scheduled talks, demonstrations, tours, workshops, and more! Choose your events based on age group, topic, or interest. Select events may require advanced registration. Connect with STEAM professionals and each other in fun, interactive platforms!

Science Fiesta Expo, September 26:

On September 26 from 10 am - 3 pm, join using the link below for explosive demonstrations, real scientists, hands-on science and engineering activities for the whole family.

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