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STEM / STEM Programs in New Mexico

Click here for the home page for the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge! Includes all the student forms and online registration, information for parents, schedules, ethics and ideas for science projects.  Teacher transmittal forms, resources, timelines and judging.

Programs in New Mexico Girls Collaborative in C-STEM.  The Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.

NM STEM Connection provides information about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources for NM students, teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators as well as higher education faculty/staff as well as community members interested in the promotion of STEM education in New Mexico.

The team of the NMSU STEM Outreach Center is dedicated to increasing the achievement and participation of K-16 students in the STEM fields. The future economic well-being of New Mexico and our nation depends on students who have internationally competitive skills in mathematics and science. It is also essential that students are motivated to enroll and complete post-secondary programs leading to highly skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers. But for the present, we are in a crisis situation pertaining to STEM education.  For example, in South Korea 37% of the under- graduate degrees awarded are in the STEM fields; 47% in France; 50% in China, and 67% in Singapore. Only 15% of the U.S. undergraduate degrees are in the STEM fields.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) views its investment in STEM education as strengthening the Lab’s strategic direction and developing its current and future workforce.

The NMPED Math and Science Bureau works to ensure the Mathematics and Science Education Act is implemented in New Mexico public schools by:

  • Promoting partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions, government business and educational and community organizations to improve the mathematics and science education in the state
  • Working with the Math and Science Advisory Council(MSAC) to develop a statewide strategic plan for mathematics and science education in the public schools and coordinate education activities with other state agencies, federal government, business consortia and public or private organizations

  • Developing and evaluating curricula, instructional programs and professional development programs in mathematics and science aligned with state academic content and performance standards

  • Assessing the outcomes of efforts to improve mathematics and science education using existing data

New Mexico STEM Network

The challenge: Jobs requiring training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) increased by 51% between 1998 and 2008—four times faster than overall job growth. However, less than 15% of all undergraduate degrees in the United States are in STEM fields (U.S. Bureau of Labor). In New Mexico, there are not enough graduates to fill the STEM-related workforce opportunities that are becoming available. STEM skills are required across almost all jobs that exist today (ACT Workkeys, 2011). Course remediation is at an all-time high in New Mexico, and employers state that young adults lack core competencies upon graduation. Our students are not being equipped with the skills they need to succeed in college and career.

Spotlight

HU Sigma Xi Named for Excellence ​Maureen Romine The New Mexico Highlands University Sigma Xi Chapter was named one of the top chapters in the world for this honorary research society. The university’s chapter was tapped for the Sigma Xi Chapter of Excellence award, an honor earned by only two-to-three percent of the organization’s global network of more than 520 chapters in 100 countries. “The Sigma Xi Chapter of Excellence Award salutes exceptional chapter activity, innovative programming, and true community leadership,” said Jerome Baker, Sigma Xi executive director. “We are very proud of your Highlands University chapter’s accomplishments.” The Highlands Sigma Xi Chapter also received a

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Resources

New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. (NM MESA) prepares middle and high school students for college majors and careers in mathematics, engineering, science and related fields. NM MESA supports programs throughout the state, in which students participate in activities such as field trips, speaker presentations, workshops, academic competitions, community service and leadership development.

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