Engineering the Future

November 19th, 2020

Garfield Students and Teachers Take on New Challenges

Garfield teachers are finding creative ways to reach their students! Tracey Taylor, the new art teacher at Garfield is working with Explora on a Maker Challenge with her art classes. Students learned about the science behind the spread of COVID -19 in an online lesson with Explora Staff. Students are using the Design Process to invent creative solutions. Explora generously donated maker kits for each student which included among other things, glue guns, cardboard cutters, wire, clips, and craft sticks, and Miss Taylor added material, modeling clay, glue, yarn, and much more! We cant wait to see what students create!

Miss Sonia has her 8th grade students engaged in creating entries in a national competition, C-Span's StudentCam Documentary Competition. This project based learning competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to think critically about an issue of national importance. This year’s theme is “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.” Students are analyzing the current and/or historical significance of their chosen issue and including differing viewpoints. Their documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN videos that relate to the chosen topic. Local filmmakers are supporting the students and C-SPAN will provide awards to the top 150 student documentarians, and more than 50 teacher advisers. Good luck to her students!


The Computer Science Alliance is launching their first in a series of code-a-thons for High School students. These are part of the New MexiCodes initiative to expand computer science education in NM. These code-a-thons will engage directly with students to teach them coding skills.

Mentoring- During the code-a-thon, students will be mentored by college students who will help them with their project and will also give them tips and tricks for successful university experiences in computer science and technology-related majors. The first code-a-thon will be Nov. 21, 10-3pm. Learn more and to register.

Free Web Site Design Class

Explora is hosting a class on building web sites led by their partners over at The class is intended for middle school and high school girls, but they are opening registration to everyone. Please share the information with students!

The class will be 2 hours on Tuesday Nov 24 from 3-5pm, and best of all it is FREE! Families can register at There is limited availability, so register quickly to get a slot!

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More 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.

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

Engage the whole family!

  • November 16: Up in Flames - Hot and flaming experiments with Explora
  • November 23: Space Drones and more with NM Tech!

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Join us on Facebook for a live demo on Saturday, November 20 at 11:30am

Thank you to the City of Albuquerque for supporting these free events.

Professional Development for Teachers

Google Certification Vouchers

The Educational Technology Team has codes for a limited number of Google Certified Level 1 & Level 2 certification exams. If you would like to receive a code, fill out the appropriate form (s) below to request a code. We still have some vouchers left! Then will expire in June of 2021, get one while it is still available!

Google Certified Level 1 request form

Google Certified Level 2 request form

Phillips 66 The NEED Project Energy Education workshops are free and happening through December. Go to for more information.

ISTE20 LIVE- Educational Tech conference is November 29th-December 5th.

More offerings from Explora!

Creative Coding on November 18 from 10am-12pm

Once Upon a Time: STEM in Fairy Tales on December 10 from 1-3pm

Creative Coding on December 9 from 3-5pm

Creative Engineering on December 12 from 10am-12pm

Color-liscious Engagement Webinar on December 14 from 12-1pm