What is Adopt-A-School (AAS)?
Our Adopt-A-School Program, launched in 2018, was created to enhance STEM learning for Santa Fe students by linking a team of our volunteers with a school all year to engage students in STEM exploration and enrichment activities, both during and after school.
Our 2020-2021 Adopt-A-School Partner
Nina Otero Community School:
So, what are the programs and resources that the Alliance can provide? In this time of remote learning, the Alliance has stepped up and been rethinking ways that its volunteers can connect with children, teachers, and parents.
The decision was made to produce targeted STEM educational videos. Over 20 homegrown, short videos, targeting topics suggested by elementary teachers and students, were produced by our volunteers and are catalogued in the SFAFS’s Educator’s Guide in a digital learning library. They were produced with kids in mind, embedding best practices of building vocabulary and problem-solving skills, using more graphics than written text, and including challenging checks for understanding activities and home science mini investigations.
Check out these amazing locally produced STEM interactive educational videos that have been vetted by teachers. These and other videos, which have been archived on a Google Drive webpage, can be indirectly accessed by first going to the Santa Fe Public Schools "Distance Learning Resources" webpage; and then once there, use its link: “Click here for educational videos from various partnering community organizations.”; or go to the same Google Drive webpage directly from here.
More videos are always in the works so keep checking!
Testimonial From Nina Otero School Principal Dr. Angelia Moore
Our staff and students have truly gained a deeper appreciation and love of science as a result of the investment of the time and resources that your scientists and volunteers have given at Nina Otero Community School. The Santa Fe Science Alliance has been the model of what a “working” community partnership should be: active, engaged, and invested in building a better future through stronger educational opportunities for students and teachers. We cannot thank you enough for your support and for choosing us as your partner school. We hope that you will consider growing this program so that other students in Santa Fe have the same kinds of opportunities that we have had here at Nina!
Our Sincerest Gratitude,
Dr. Moore, Staff, Students, and Parents at Nina Otero Community School
How does AAS work?
Each year, we partner (through an application process) with select elementary schools (K-6 or K-8) to coordinate a variety of STEM activities such as:
How can AAS benefit a school?
STEM professionals assist with STEM activities in a school to:
Our AAS Team Members
Program Co-Leads: Judy Reinhartz Ph.D., Hubert van Hecke, Ph.D.