Engineering the Future

November 15, 2022

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School Updates

Restoring Joy!

Teams from The Engineering the Future Schools and all of the magnet schools in APS attended a one day mini conference with NIMSL trainers from Magnet Schools of America! It was a great day of learning, collaborating, and the reviews from attendees showed that we need to restore joy more often!!! It was a hit!

Mission Avenue STEM Elementary: STEM week is here! November 14th-18th there will be on campus activities, fun assemblies, and there will be a walking museum on Thursday for parents and students to see the PBL projects and the Design Process in action! Then the entire school is headed to an amazing field trip to Discovery Fest on Friday the 18th!

Garfield STEM Middle School: A huge shout out to Chris Speck for being awarded a Fall 2022 Classroom & Grade-Level Learning Award of $1,500.00 from the APS Education Foundation for his project, Breathing Room! In addition, another huge shout out goes to Rachael Sonia for being awarded a Fall 2022 Classroom & Grade-Level Learning Award of $3,000.00 from the APS Education Foundation for her project, Story Of Us! Finally, Garfield students in Jena Paulson's science classes used the 3D printers to print trilobite fossils in class this week! It was an amazing way to bring science and history to life!

Garfield will be having a school wide showcase on December 7th including a VEX robotics scrimmage! Stay tuned for more details.

Valley High School: Students from the VHS computer science classes traveled to Las Cruces to compete in the NM Best Competition. The NM BEST Robotics Competition is a robotic design challenge for middle- and high-school students. Participants are introduced to engineering and technology concepts as well as entrepreneurial skills through participation in this eight-week program.

Valley will be hosting an ETF Showcase on November 16th from 1:00 - 2:30! Stop by and see what the Vikings are curious about!

A special thanks to Sauce Restaurant who provided coupons and gift baskets as door prizes for the APS School Choice Fair in October. They are back supporting APS by is providing door prize baskets and coupons for attendees at all three school showcases!

Professional Development Opportunities

Micro Professional Learning for Educators

ExPLorations are online, on-demand professional learning courses for all educators. These engaging microlearning sessions from EdCuration are designed for teachers and leaders to gain new strategies and application tools, all geared around improving professional practice.

Courses are available on a variety of topics, such as adaptive intervention; storytelling through game design; SEL implementation; and dyslexia, dyscalculia, and digital learning. New ExPLorations are added each month, allowing educators to improve practice, access valuable resources, and earn professional development credit—all for free.

Nation’s Highest Honors in Recognition of Excellent K–12 STEM Teaching

For nearly 40 years, the National Science Foundation, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has honored STEM teachers nationwide for both their deep content knowledge and their ability to motivate students. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K–12 STEM educators in public, private, and charter schools. PAEMST awardees, of which there are up to two per state and jurisdiction honored each year, receive a certificate signed by the President; a $10,000 award; a paid trip to Washington, DC; and access to a nationwide cadre of award-winning teachers.

The award alternates yearly between K–6 and 7–12 grades. This Academic Year 2022–2023, members of the public can nominate a teacher at the 7–12 level. Teachers may also directly apply themselves. Nominations are due by January 9, 2023, and applications are due by February 6, 2023. Learn more at


Are you ready for CS Ed Week Dec 5-11?
There are LOTS of great resources to do fun and engaging CS Ed Week (aka Hour of Code). The theme is "CS is Everywhere!"

*Advising for Future Ready Careers: CS + Art (link to register)

*CS Journeys- tech career explorations (

Although CS Ed Week is at this time, these resources are available at anytime so if next week doesn't work for your schedule, you can use these anytime.

9 Native American Scientists and Engineers To Learn More About

November is Native American Heritage Month! Students won't be what they don't see, so be sure to show them these amazing STEM contributors from the Native American community! Each one featured has a short bio and links to 1-2 hands-on science projects related to the scientist's area of study!

Technologies That Benefit Everyday Life

There’s more space in your life than you think! Spinoff highlights NASA technologies that benefit life on Earth in the form of commercial products. More than 2,000 spinoffs since 1976 have been profiled—for example, rodent research that contributes to osteoporosis treatments; fabric spun of reflective space insulation that lines lightweight rain jackets; memory foam that supports and shapes women’s apparel; technology measuring Webb mirrors that boosts LASIK eye surgery precision; and clean-air tech for spacecraft that helped fight the pandemic.

Opportunities for Students

Just for 4th to 8th grade students on November 22: Sewing with Circuits

Full Day (9am-4pm) School's Out Camp

Can a painting light up an LED? Can a sculpture power up a motor? Create a painting, build a sculpture, weave a pattern, or sew a design that functions as simple circuitry in this crafty and creative, hands-on art and science workshop. Camp Info

Explora Winter Camp 2022:

December 21st-23rd, December 26th-30th, January 2nd, 3rd

Keep your kids engaged and active this holiday vacation with our vast variety of STEAM educational enrichment experiences! From toy building to printing techniques to kitchen chemistry, we're ready to pique your family's imagination.

Financial assistance is available!

Email for more information. Register Now

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