Digital Learning

Welcome to our Digital Learning Page!

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. 

New Mexico MESA STEM Series

Our STEM series brings professionals from across New Mexico and the country to interact with our MESA students, advisors, and general public. All sessions will occur via zoom (unless noted) and will be recorded for future use. This is an opportunity to bring STEAM education to you without geographic limitations and can address many fields and careers within STEAM education. All “live” sessions will require individual registration.  The registration window for each session will be 1-2 weeks prior up to 5 minutes before each session. The participation link for each session will be different and will be provided in each confirmation email.  Recordings for each session will be available the day after each session. Each session has an opportunity for:

  • Fieldtrip Credit (Academic Field Experience: 5 Points)-for participating in the “live” session at the scheduled time.  Attendance will be collected at each session and will be entered by the Statewide Program Coordinator.  
  • Workshop Credit (5 points)-for completion of one of the supplied lessons. You can receive this credit after participation in the “live” event or by watching the recorded session.  Attendance will be marked by:
    • Emailing a picture/scan of the completed lesson to your Regional Coordinator. Click HERE for a listing of schools and your Regional Coordinator Contact Information. 
    • If completing as a class/MESA program, get the completed lesson to your advisor based on their instructions and they will enter attendance.  

Adjoining Lessons will be posted HERE once available.  They will be posted for use by September 21 for use upon the conclusion of STEM Series #1.

STEM Series #1: Marine Science Institute, San Francisco Bay Sharks and Rays

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM MST

Students will explore sharks and their cartilaginous relatives with an emphasis on the relationship these animals have to their San Francisco Bay and coastal environments. Students will: -Gain understanding of scientific processes -Demonstrate observational skills by identifying animals and habitat features -Explain animal connections to the estuary and coastal environments -Observe and identify animal adaptations -Inquire and discuss how specific adaptations help animals thrive in their unique marine habitat

STEM Series #2: iFly Indoor Skydiving, The Physics of Skydiving

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM MST

Students will learn how iFLY uses science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the design and operation of our vertical wind tunnels. They will also explore the physics of indoor and outdoor skydiving. The STEM concepts discussed during class will come to life using a series of video clips filmed at one of their vertical wind tunnels. Students will be given multiple scenarios comparing how different objects will fly in a wind tunnel. They will be asked to make predictions about what they think will happen and then analyze the actual result after viewing the film clip. By the end of the demonstration, students will have a solid grasp of the relationship between an object’s size, shape, and mass and the wind speed needed to make it fly (i.e. terminal velocity). Followup Activities will be available. Whese activities can be completed either individually at home or together in a group setting. This session will use Ring Central for the virtual experience-no app download is needed to join.

STEM Series #3: Elyssa Duran, Bureau of Land Management; Forestry and Fire Ecology

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM MST

More Information Will Be Posted Closer to the Event.

STEM Series #4: Dr. Rodney Sanchez, CNM; Deep Dive into Digital Media

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM MST

More Information Will Be Posted Closer to the Event.

STEM Series #5: Santa Fe Community College, Engineering and Computer Science Student Panel

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM MST

More Information Will Be Posted Closer to the Event.

Virtual Service Learning

In a continuing effort to assist our communities and promote our commitment to service learning, NM MESA is encouraging all of our stakeholders to do what they can, however they can.  Be kind and support your communities.  Virtual Service Learning opportunities will be posted here once available. 

MESA's Big Week of Thanks

Monday, November 16, 2020, ALL WEEK

Students will have an opportunity to participate in a service activity of their choice for a person in need in their community. Collectively, students will partake in this big event statewide and we will showcase our students and their projects. Event will happen sometime during the week of November 16-20, 2020. More Information Will be Provided Closer to the Event.

Virtual Programming

Stay tuned for Virtual leadership and competition opportunities. 

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Other Program Opportunities

These programs are hosted by partner programs, but are a great way to incorporate STEAM learning into your Virtual MESA and Classroom Time. 

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is going virtual! This is a free event for K-12 students, teachers and families on September 16-23, 2020. This event is held each year in Washington, DC and is the largest and only national science festival with approximately 100,000 students in attendance. Register now to virtually experience exhibit booths featuring hands-on interactive STEM content, get an all-access pass to exclusive performances on the STEM Stage, hunt for clues and earn badges and prizes in the Scavenger Hunt, gear up in the STEM Store and launch a STEM career in the College Career Center. Los Alamos National Laboratory will be one of the participating exhibitors. Our hope is that several students from across New Mexico will participate.

Explora New Mexico Science Fiesta

Friday, September 18, 2020

A Week-Long Celebration of Science! Students can meet scientists and see New Mexico as never before. The New Mexico Science Fiesta aims to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and art (STEAM) and its impact on our everyday lives and our future. The event will run September 18-26 with a final expo that will be live streamed on September 26 (10AM-3PM) A full line up of Activities will be available on September 16th.

AISES Webinar: Introduction to AI

This session was presented on March 25, 2020. With an interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology this recording allows for further investigation into the world of AI. The session facilitator was Meghana Rao who is an AI Developer Evangelist, Intel Corporation

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