All STEM Series sessions are listed below in chronological order with the most recent listed first. Registration is available by clicking the red REGISTER button on the current session below.
In response to the changing educational climate, NM MESA has adapted and we are providing many of our events virtual. We will still continue to support our students, our teachers, and our MESA programs. We look forward to having your participation.
Join us as we take STEM Learning Virtual. Each STEM Series presentation is a (1) hour live presentation by a professional in the STEM Field. For the 2021-2022 Series, each session will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 PM MST. Registration is required to receive a zoom link. Attendance is unlimited unless specified, but attendees must register prior to the start of the current session to receive the link. All sessions will be recorded for future use and shared on our NM MESA YouTube Channel. Attending students are eligible for the following credits:
- Live Attendance (Workshop Credit-5 Points) – To receive credit, must complete short attendance survey at the end of the session.
- Any activities created/used by the school advisor in conjunction with each topic. Resources will be provided upon the conclusion of each presentation.
- Follow Up Activities (Workshop Credit-5 Points/each) – NM MESA has created (3) supplemental lessons that can be completed with ANY STEM Series Presentation/Video. To receive credit, students must complete activity and submit to the school advisor for credit. The school advisor is responsible for ensuring that each lesson is completed in entirety and meets quality standards. The school advisor will submit the activity as an individual event for MIMS credit. Each student is only eligible for (1) supplemental activity credit per STEM Series Video.
NM MESA STEM Series
STEM Series #4: Jacob Torres, Kennedy Space Center-NASA, Space Biology
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
New Mexico chile is being grown and harvested this month (November 2021) for the first time in space on the International Space Station. Jacob Torres of Española NM, a NASA Technical & Horticultural Scientist at the Kennedy Space Center, was instrumental in the choice of Española chile pepper being chosen for the experiment. He is a part of a team of 20 scientists working to fulfill NASA’s current, top priority: traveling to Mars – and that will require growing plants in space. "We can build all the rockets we want to go to Mars, but it won't work unless we have food to eat".
Join Jacob as he talks about his unconventional educational and career path and what led him to his current work at Kennedy Space Center. How does Biology and Agriculture pair with space exploration? Learn about the New Mexico team that is leading the way in Space Biology. Attendees and all MESA students are invited to participate in the Space Chile Grow a Pepper Plant Challenge where students can grow a pepper plant indoors and submit a sample to see who can grow the hottest "Space Chile". Participants will receive all they need to grow a Martinez Chimayo plant.
Information on the Space Chile Grow a Pepper Challenge Below
STEM Series #1: Matthew Probst, Rural Healthcare and 100% Community
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Matthew Probst is the Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer at El Centro Family Health in Northern New Mexico. His appearance in the PBS documentary The Providers, which focused on the efforts of health professionals at El Centro to bring much-needed help to low-income, elderly, and marginalized patients in rural communities of northern New Mexico, gave him a voice. And he is using it to help spread the message that facilities like his are desperately needed in much of America. He is the current co-chair of the 100% Community Initiative in San Miguel County. The San Miguel County project was designed to prevent the adverse childhood experiences that lead to trauma and marginalization. Join us for a conversation about hope, living to serve, and scaling rural healthcare. Learn about opportunities for youth programming in healthcare and how you can plan for a career in the medical field.
Recording Available in Video Link Below and NM MESA YouTube Channel
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY: See Document Below on the Lesson Guide and Additional Activity for The Providers. Recording of the Documentary is available on our NM MESA YouTube Channel and see URL Below for a Film Trailer.
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, THE PROVIDERS follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers' relationships with marginalized patients.
STEM Series #2: Dr. Chas Miller, Spaceport America
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Join Dr. Chas Miller, Aerospace Engineer for Spaceport America talk about his work. Promoting educational involvement in spaceport activities, and education and training of the workforce to develop the skills needed for spaceport operations, is part of the mission of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. We want people of all ages to get excited about space, and to pursue future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM with Spaceport America is an initiative started by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority team to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics working in remote learning environments.
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot by 200-foot runway, vertical launch complexes, and about 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are tenants at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, HAPS Mobile/ AeroVironment, UP Aerospace, and SpinLaunch. With customers. Boeing, EXOS Aerospace and Swift Engineering regularly using the complex for testing and launches. The Space To Be … Visionary
Recording Available in Video Link Below and NM MESA YouTube Channel
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY: See Website below to access the Spaceport Education Page. Access any activity, but scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Solar Power Workshop" described in the session.
STEM Series #3: Jerry Prochazka, Ganymede Games
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Anyone interested in the world of gaming? Join co-founder of Ganymede Games, Jerry Prochazka, as he talks about video game design and development. Ganymede Games is an independent games studio in Las Cruces, NM. They create worlds that inspire exploration, adventures that spark curiosity, and unique gameplay that respects your time and busy lives. They promise to craft experiences you will want to share with others both in-game and out of game. Ganymede has unveiled its debut video game, Xenotheria. Xenotheria is a single-player, science-fiction, role-playing game developed for PC and console platforms. Come learn all about this exciting new company here in New Mexico and if a career in video game design is right for you.
STEM Series #5: Skilled Trades are STEM Careers (T)
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 4:00-5:00 PM MST
We know that the workforce is changing, and what does that look like for you...our future workforce? What is a skilled trade and what education do you need to get a good paying job? There are many “Skilled trades” in the state of New Mexico that are STEM careers. STEM isn’t just for engineers or for rocket scientists: people who work in skilled trades, are using these principles too. New Mexico has career options in alternative energy, IT, technician work (electrician, HVAC), Healthcare, and more!
STEM Series #6: Energy in New Mexico (T)
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 4:00-5:00 PM MST
To be posted soon.
Virtual Statewide Competitions
NM MESA will host a Virtual Competition(s) to assist schools and students with performance watch requirements and MIMS credit. These virtual competitions are in addition to MESA Day of MESA USA events.
NM MESA is proud to present a NEW Virtual Competition in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Towering Above” will allow students in grades 6-12 to participate in a fun virtual competition. You will be able to test your creativity and your engineering skills with this design challenge. There is something for everyone. All you will need is construction paper, tape, scissors, and your imagination.
For more information, visit event page:
Virtual Service Learning
NM MESA will host Virtual Service Learning Events to assist schools and students with performance watch requirements and MIMS credit. These virtual events are in addition to anything done at the school level.
MESA's Big Give
With Small Things We Can Make a Big Impact!
During the time of MESA’s Big Give (December 2021), the MESA Family will contribute back to our communities across New Mexico. Engaging in service learning provides us all with the opportunity to become active members of our community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Volunteerism enables all of us to acquire life skills and knowledge, helps to build community equity, as well as provides a service to those who need it most.
Join us! MESA students, advisors, families, staff, schools, Board Members, stakeholders, and all others welcome. Independent projects will be highlighted on our social media platforms and our website. For more information, visit event page.