STEM Scaffold Santa Fe @ Capital High School

A weekly project-based near-peer mentorship program serving Capital High School AVID students. STEM Scaffold Santa Fe is a Collaborative Working Group, part of Opportunity Santa Fe.

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

2018-2019 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

Starting in May 2017, STEM Santa Fe’s CEO Lina Germann invited individuals from Santa Fe and Northern NM who are involved in student-directed STEM programming to discuss collaborating. After several meetings and discussions, STEM Scaffold Santa Fe (S3) Collaborative Working Group (CWG) was established in June 2018.

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:

Steve Cox, Northern New Mexico College
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
New initiatives are being discussed, developing new projects, creating mentorship courses/workshops for students at SFCC and St. John’s College, and aligning the projects developed with science, math, computer Science and AVID standards. In 2020-2021 the program has expanded its project-based mentorship program virtually to new schools, including Española Valley High School, Milagro Middle School, El Camino Real Academy and Desert Sage Academy.

STEM Santa Fe Scaffold is majorly funded by the following:





STEM Professional Volunteers – Application is now closed

College student mentors – Application is now closed

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