Jan 18, 2017 – For the third year, LANL Foundation hosted STEM Education Day during the New Mexico Legislative Session on January 18, 2017.
Programs from throughout New Mexico were on display at the Roundhouse State Capitol in Santa Fe to demonstrate science, technology, engineering, and math in action from formal and informal learning environments.
• Albuquerque Balloon Museum
• Computer Science Teachers Association
• Bradbury Science Museum
• Española YMCA Teen Center Robotics
• Girls in STEM/Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
• Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC)
• LANL Math & Science Academy (MSA)
• LANL Super Computing Challenge
• Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
• Math & Science Advisory Council (MSAC)
• Math Circles
• Natural History Museum
• Northern New Mexico College STEM Mentor Collective
• Rio Arriba County 4-H
• Santa Fe Botanical Garden
• University of New Mexico STEM-H
Hands-on activities and resources included college prep for STEM careers, computer programming and modeling, 3D printing, museum displays, inquiry STEM curriculum, experiential learning techniques and materials, robotics, teacher professional development, and youth mentoring.
In addition to displaying the diversity of successful STEM programs, exhibitors also came to advocate for STEM education and quality curriculum. Several of the organizations actively supported House Bill 211 that recommends the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards.
Current science education standards have been in place since 1996 and are extremely outdated. In the last 20 years, major advances have been made in STEM research, innovation, communication, brain science, assistive technology, and our understanding of how students learn.
The rigorous NGSS academic standards would not only support student learning of core STEM concepts including current science content and engineering, but also develop skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. High-quality curriculum and state standards would also promote STEM careers that support economic development opportunities.
For more information about NGSS, visit the official website or download and share this informative flyer that includes a chart of lifetime earnings by college major. Is it any surprise that STEM careers rank high on the list?