What is Adopt-A-School (AAS)?
The Santa Fe Alliance for Science (SFAFS) initiated in 2018 an innovative Adopt-A-Schoool program to provide ongoing STEM learning experiences for students, their families, and school faculty at a specific shool. The Adopt-A-School Program offers unique opportunities to our Nina Otero Community School (NOCS) to support their teachers and students with scientists, engineers, and other STEM volunteers. The Adopt-A-School Program is one of 30 programs to receive the 2021-2022 ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge grant from AstraZeneca. This support helps us to expand the AAS programming to meet the needs of Nina Otero.
The AAS Site Coordinators work closely with the Co-Leads of the Program and the volunteers to tailor all activities to the specific needs of Ninas school population including the summer science program, class science experiment demonstrations, science fair preparations, and assisting regularly in grades 2-8. The goal of the AAS Program is to make available academic support from a dedicated team of SFAFS volunteers who serve as powerful role models and wrap-around STEM services to the elementary and middle school students and teachers. The AAS monthly presentations bring SFAFS volunteers to all students at NOCS.
Our 2021-2022 Adopt-A-School Partner
Nina Otero Community School:
Principal Garrity states:
"Nina Otero benefits greatly from the Santa Fe Alliance for Science. We are lucky to be part of the Adopt-A-School initiative. At Nina Otero, we are pushing our focus as a STEAM school which encompasses project-based learning. Many SFAFS members volunteer regularly at our school to teach lessons, tutor, and help students with understanding content in Science and Math by providing rich and engaging hands-on experiences. Volunteers also help support our STEAM fair every year. We are so grateful for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and all the work and effort they give to our wonderful community!"
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
For further information contact Judy Reinhartz