Engineering the Future

October 12th, 2021

Dr Michelle Frazier visits NM

Dr. Michelle Frazier spent a few days in Albuquerque working with our three Engineering the Future schools on their application for National Magnet Certification. The team took advantage of the beautiful weather and took Dr. Frazier to her first Balloon Fiesta. Dr Frazier is an Independent Educational Consultant specializing in Magnet School Design and Curriculum Development. She retired from the Chicago Public School System (CPS) where she served as a teacher, Magnet Coordinator, and Grants Manager. Dr. Frazier oversaw and supported the opening of over 35 new schools and programs throughout the district including Montessori, International Baccalaureate programs, and STEM schools. Dr. Frazier also serves as a consultant with the National Institute of Magnet School Leaders (NIMSL) where she conducts reviews and evaluations of magnet programs and coaches schools participating in the National Magnet School certification process.

School Updates

Mission Avenue Elementary STEM:

Mission students started their STEM Challenges! September's STEM challenge was around building structures. K-2nd graders made tall thrones for "Yertle the Turtle" while 3rd-5th created imaginative and exciting theme parks with rides.

International Dot Day was September 15th. Mission students celebrated Dot Day and investigated the engineering habits of mind, resilience and open-mindedness, while reading the book "The Dot" written by Peter Reynolds. Mission's wonderful art teacher, Ms. Cheryl supported our T-Bird students in making a colorful "Dot Day" mural.

Mission will be hosting a fall Carnival October 23rd, 4:00-7:00. Come by for some fun!

Garfield Middle School:

Jenna Paulsen has her science students using the design process to solve a real world problem at Garfield! Students are designing small greenhouse structures that will be 3D printed! These greenhouses will protect the pumpkins growing in the courtyard from weather and critters. Students will then take data on the growth and record their findings using iPads.

Valley High School

James Farley had his AP Calculus students participate in a Shark Tank Pitch Competition. Viking students had a virtual visit from an App developer, and created presentations about new companies and Apps like Insomnia, the night time sandwich company, showing budget models, and presenting to "Sharks" to try and get investors interested in their companies.

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Register for Discovery Festival 2021!

From November 8th to the 19th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico will be hosting our Annual Discovery Festival. This is a two-week, virtual event that will inspire students to explore careers within the growing STEAM industry.

It is completely free for your school to participate in Discovery Festival. We already have an exciting list of organizations who plan to demonstrate how they use STEAM to change the world! They are encouraged to provide packets of information to registered teachers, who will be able to use these webinars in their curriculum.

  • AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory)

  • Learn Fresh/NBA Hoops

  • Virgin Galactic

  • National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

  • Sandia National Labs

  • Amazon

  • National Math and Science Initiative

  • Presbyterian

  • USAF-337th

  • Arizona State University

  • Central New Mexico Community College

More organizations are signing up everyday, so don't miss out on this opportunity!


Registration is easy! Click here to complete the registration form for your class or school. Remember, this opportunity is completely free.

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Professional Development Opportunities

BET-C Behavior Education Technology Conference is November 3rd and 4th!

The conference focuses on PBIS/MTSS, equitable and trauma-informed practices, and self-care for educators, who need it more than ever. Strategies to increase technology implementation in conjunction with, student safety and wellness with compassionate practices that allow traumatized students to thrive in this new landscape are also an emphasis. In addition, experts discuss how to build and maintain relationships that foster student resilience. Email Holly if you are interested in attending by October 22nd.

Teachers! Have you attended a NEED workshop?

We've got virtual and in person offerings this school year.

We keep virtual trainings engaging by sending supplies ahead of time

for a hands-on experience!

Free to Attend · PD Credit · State Aligned Curriculum · Free Classroom Energy Kit · Substitute Reimbursement · Free Curriculum Resources

Join Us! NEED Event Calendar

Explora Workshops for Teachers, Librarians, and Out-of-School Time Educators!

Workshops are held virtually and some include a kit of materials. Pre-registration is required. Click on the name of the workshop below to register

  • Creative Coding: Make computer science accessible, creative, and fun by bringing the making mindset to student projects. In this workshop, you will learn to use simple, common materials with micro:bit microcontrollers in creative ways. An intermediate-level workshop for those who have taken Creative Coding I or have some experience with micro:bits will be held October 20 from 4-6pm.
  • Seeds and Soil: Learn how to plant seeds of STEM with your students whether virtual or in-person! You’ll get dirty with soil and dirt, design your own seed through the Engineering Design Process, and determine your ideal seed bomb. You’ll receive ready-to-go activity cards in Spanish and English, as well as resources to build your own connections to local farms and agricultural STEM role models in your community. November 11 from 3-5pm.

Bring EXPLORA and STEAM learning to your classroom

Email us for more information on our virtual and in-person programs and STEAM kits!