Engineering the Future

December 16th, 2020

Exciting Events

Our ETF schools have been busy in December! Mission Elementary wrapped up the second annual Catapult Challenge and second, third, and fourth grade teachers are working with Air Force Research Labs to create an out of this world challenge for next semester! Garfield held its wrap up for the COVID design challenge with Explora. Art students presented unique solutions they created to help community members stop the spread of a virus. The 8th grade social studies classes are working hard on C-Span documentaries for a competition in January. The presented their works in progress to community experts and got valuable feedback to apply before the submission deadline January 20th. Garfield also participated in Explora Live on Monday and then followed up with an Explora Family Night on Tuesday! On Saturday the 12th, Valley High School took a team to compete in the NM Governor's STEM Challenge Competition. The students had a valuable learning experience and came away inspired to compete again next year!

Thank You Teachers!

The Engineering the Future Teachers have been cranking out amazing virtual learning experiences for the students at all three schools. We are so appreciative of their hard work and efforts to keep moving the students forward. On top of incredible instruction time in the classroom, the teachers are spending hours online in professional development through ISTE, Ditch That Text Book Summit, Camp Engage with Nearpod, professional development through Explora and the APS Ed Tech team, Sessions with the Implementation Coaches, Google Meets with PLCs, grade levels, and department teams, and tackling the Magnet Schools of America A to E series moving towards applying for National Certification.


Thank you for going above and beyond! We sent each teacher a little ETF swag as a token of our appreciation. Teachers received laptop sleeves for their new laptops, lanyards, face masks, and thumb drives. It was a small gesture to say thank you for being outstanding and for being a part of the ETF Family.

Ideas and Opportunities


It is easier than ever to take virtual field trips!


Sandia Labs has put together a dazzling array of virtual tours. Students can tour 18 different locations such as the Thermal Test Complex, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, and the Nanotechnology Lab. They can travel virtually to learn about superfuges, wind farms, and soon will be able to visit the Laser Applications Facility.


https://tours.sandia.gov/tours.html

Explora Activities for Students and Families


Explora and APS Title I have pivoted to a offer a new menu of family engagement options, including virtual workshops for parents on how to support science learning at home, virtual field trips, and virtual Family Science Nights, which are a mix of enthralling science demos and activities families can replicate in real time with easily-gathered household materials.


Engage the whole family! Register Here

Virtual STEM Nights: Mondays from 6-6:30pm



Virtual Winter Camps for PreK-12th


Offered December 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30

We don’t want anyone to miss out. Financial aid is available. Register Here


Each 1.5 hour camp has associated materials kit that will be available for pick-up curbside.


Topics include:

  • Science of Magic
  • Patterns in Winter
  • Possibilities with Paper
  • Chemistry of Baking
  • Art in Motion
  • Make a Website
  • Playful Puppets

Professional Development for Teachers

PBL Works

ETF had amazing training with PBL Works in August, and now it is time to take our journey to the nest step. What other PBL training would teachers at our schools be interested in? Fill out the Google Form to help us craft professional development this spring.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduFlsn6cJ1MOOKq98QRTLkzux-WjVR9lj6_qlBhVhE3B0LbQ/viewform?usp=sf_link