Each project involves working in teams of 3-5 students and tackles learning about circuitry, mechanics, and coding an Arduino board. In addition, STEM skills of teamwork, problem solving, resiliency and creativity are pretty much practiced all the time along with a mentor. Each class of 25-30 students meet for 1.5 hours/week over 8-week session. Each project is accompanying by a field trip that is pertinent to the project the students are building.
Mentors are STEM professionals who volunteer or STEM college students who gain experience by mentoring. Mentor Training and follow up sessions are provided.
2019-2020 Summary Report: STEM Scaffold Santa Fe @ Capital High School
The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 STEM Scaffold Santa Fe @ CHS program is supported by an Impact Grant from
STEM Scaffold Santa Fe Collaborative Working Group (S3 CWG) is a group of educational and youth development groups working together to recruit, train and place caring local STEM college students and STEM professionals into sustained high school mentorship programs.
In the 2018-2019 academic school year, with a grant from Opportunity Santa Fe, CWG trained and assigned both STEM professionals and STEM college students to Capital High School as mentors. That year, 57 students in 10th grade AVID classes built a number of two STEM projects: laser harps and solar sun trackers.
The S3 CWG continued strong the following year thanks to a grant from Opportunity Santa Fe again and a grant from Anchorum St. Vincent. In 2019-2020 academic School year and right before COVID shut down the schools, 105 students in 10th grade and 11th grade AVID classes built a number of two STEM projects: laser harps and smart greenhouse.
S3 CWG continues to meet monthly to discuss development and expansion of programs and new ways to collaborate. The core group being:
Lina Germann, STEM Santa Fe
Colleen Lynch, Santa Fe Community College
Rebecca Estrada, LANL Community Partnerships Office
Karen Squires, Santa Fe Public Schools
Chari Kauffman, Santa Fe Public Schools
Kate Sallah, Santa Fe Indian School
Pier Quintana, St. John’s College
STEM Santa Fe Scaffold is majorly funded by the following:
STEM Professional Volunteers – Application is now closed
College student mentors – Application is now closed