Engineering the Future

December 8, 2021

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School Updates

Mission Avenue Elementary STEM:

To celebrate computer science week Mr. Kirschman worked with students in preK- 2nd grade to learn coding on Scratch Jr. Students created interactive characters, built backgrounds to interface with characters, and created a scene. In 3rd to 5th grade the students participated in the Hour of Code They programmed either Dance Party, Mario Maker, or Minecraft through the website. Teachers also showcased their Project Lead the Way Animal Adaptation projects and are looking forward to the January STEM Challenge "Launching into the New Year".

Mission also participated in fun events outside of school within the community. The school had an amazing float in the Twinkle Light Parade, and also established a Running 505 group. This club, one of five in Albuquerque, participates in after school running practice, monthly runs, and the group had a blast at a 5K on December 5th.

Garfield Middle School STEM Magnet:

The students in Mrs. Betzen's computer classes have been busy during Computer Science Week! The 6th grade students used Sketch Up to make 3-D drawings and printed their own name tags. The 6th graders have moved on to Swift Playgrounds and are loving the platform. The 7th and 8th graders used iMovie to create advertisements for fictitious products. They have moved onto website creation and are centering their efforts on human rights issues.

The art students in Mrs.Taylor's class have been using technology to transform the Leadership program logo into an 8 foot stencil that will be used to paint a mural on the wall of the Leadership portable. The students used the Epilog laser cutter to make the stencil and hope to have the project finished by Winter Break.

Valley High School:

Valley held a fantastic fall showcase on December 6th. ETF Students, teachers, and guests were delighted to see the amazing Valley students from Amy Jaramillo's Computer Science classes who shared VEX robotics, app coding, and some incredible 3D printing of phone cases. The remarkable Engineering students in Serri Grube's class showcased their work investigating cable cars, a variety of bridges, mousetrap cars, marble runs, and windmills, Students in Mr. Gabaldon's Engineering the Future Biology classes shared their interactive notebooks. These notebooks are helping students retain information and the students love the integration of technology!

Professional Development Opportunities with Explora

Bring STEAM learning to your classroom, out-of-school time program, or plan a visit to Explora!

Explora is looking for classrooms and after-school programs interested in having a scientist or engineer visit (virtually or in-person) their classroom! "Classroom Connections" is an exciting program where teachers can host a scientist, engineer, or student to do a presentation and bring real-world STEM into the classroom – either virtually or in-person. Together, we can increase STEM skills, knowledge, and confidence of our students.

Please see the attached invitation for more information. Interested teachers can fill out the registration form here. Once you fill out the form:

  1. You will hear from an Explora staff member, who will introduce you to a STEM professional that we have determined is a good match for your classroom.
  2. You will be responsible for reaching out to your STEM professional match to schedule your presentation(s).
  3. Once the presentation is complete, we'll ask you to let us know how it went!

This is most appropriate for grades 3-12 - we are especially interested in reaching students that are in grades 5-12.

More Professional Development Ideas!

Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit!

Here's one of the BEST things about the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit: it happens on your time.

Sure, they release new sessions day by day for nine days. But once they're out, you can watch them (or rewatch them!) whenever and wherever you want, from the time it opens on December 13 until it closes on January 7. Go to to get signed up.

ED Tech 12 Days of EDTech!

Holiday Countdown: Each day you can click on the ornament below to open new activities, links & tutorials. Click here for awesome STEM activities.

ED TECH January 3rd PD

Professional Development & Training

Join us for an engaging day of professional learning during APS scheduled professional development day on January 3, 2022. Visit the PD website for the schedule, agendas and other helpful information.

New Mexico Digital Learning Conference Call for Presenters

Do you have a great digital idea that you want to share with teachers across APS and other districts? Presenters are needed!

Apply here to present at NMDLC!

Opportunities for Students

Join Explora's Career Pathways internship!

Do you know a young adult in 11th Grade - College? Are they looking for a flexible, supportive, part-time internship that pays you hourly? Help them join Explora's Career Pathways internship! Interns will gain access to other like-minded students, professionals, and mentors to take their skills to the next level! Please register by January 3rd, 2022.

Winter Break Camps

Explora offers a variety of Winter programs that provide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) engagement and enrichment. over winter break. Click here for more information. Explora offers unique investigations for a range of grade levels, in order to keep imaginations and brain cells active with STEAM!

Half-day, 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00, $45 for members/$50 non-members

Financial assistance is available for all programs, on request. We don’t want anyone to miss out on Explora programs. Please email for more information.

Registration now open for Spring 2022 enrichment programs

We don’t want anyone to miss out. Financial aid is available. Click here for more information.

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