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 participation link for each session will be different and will be provided to registrants.  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.  NOTE: The recordings may show the link to receive live credit, but only those that attend live can complete. 
  • 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.  

NM MESA STEM Series Activity Lessons:

For the above mentioned Workshop Credit, select (1) of the following lessons to complete.  Students are eligible for (1) workshop credit per session. 

1.) Lesson 1: Many Paths Lead to STEM, Career Investigation (Reusable, Can be used with any video)

2.) Lesson 2: What Career is Right for You, Career Exploration (Can only be used twice-start of year, end of year)

3.) Lesson 3: STEM Investigation and Design Challenge (Reusable, Can be used with any video)

For a full PDF of all lessons available for download HERE.


  • Attendance for sessions is limited.  Please register ONLY if you are planning to attend.
  • Registration is to be done individually. Teachers, please allow your students to individually commit and register themselves. 
  • If you cannot attend a session, please relinquish your spot by emailing

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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
SESSION RECORDINGS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH LINKS. Dropbox Link: Content | Web Page Link: Session Introduction

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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. These activities can be completed either individually at home or together in a group setting.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below. Paper Airplane Activity is available by DOC Download Below.

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a multi-purpose, multi-use federal agency that manages 247.3 million acres across mostly the western states. Within the BLM there are many different careers that deal with natural resource management. In the southwest, Forestry & Fire is one that is very important. This session will strive to teach you about forest and fire ecology, and how they go hand in hand. You will get a brief introduction to forest health & restoration, fuel types, topography and how all of that influences when and where fire burns. You will learn about fire regimes and how forests in the Southwest are a bit out of whack and what land managers are doing to remedy that. In addition, depending on availability, BLM firefighters will share about their gear and their experiences.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 4: Dr. Rodney Sanchez, CNM; Digital Media and Motion Capture

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Motion Capture (MOCAP) is the art of capturing an actor’s physical movements and converting them to a digital format using a software algorithm. This motion capture data is then transferred to 3D characters and objects as an animation technique. Motion capture animation is growing in popularity in motion picture production, digital game development, and scientific research. This series will introduce students to the history of motion capture, the use of motion capture in various industries, current applications of motion capture, and experimental applications of motion capture. Students will couple technical theory with (virtual) practical application of motion capture tools such as optical tracking software, the use of a 360 degree camera array, and data capture using a human motion capture suit and helmet.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

This STEM Series presentation will highlight STEM opportunities at SFCC and give you a chance to interact with current students in the Engineering and Computer Science Programs. Engage with students to hear about their experiences getting to and in college. Ask questions about degree programs and find out what it is like as a student enrolled in them.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 6: Paul Delgado, AIAA: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

In this presentation, we will discuss the basics of aerospace engineering in the context of rocket design and spaceflight. We will discuss the historical development of rockets from antiquity to the modern age and demonstrate how modern engineering principles led to the success of the US Space Program. We will also showcase the different roles that aerospace engineers play and the impact that the space race had on the modern engineering workforce. Paul Delgado is the current Vice Chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Albuquerque Section and he works at Sandia National Laboratories.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 7: Emily Arasim, New Mexico Acequia Association

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Join the New Mexico Acequia Association team to learn all about our state's unique acequias, and how you can be a part of taking care of our precious water and farming traditions! There are more than 700 acequias spread all across the state, providing the water that we need for our communities to thrive. They have been around for hundreds of years, and now it is up to the next generation of New Mexico youth (you!!) to make sure they continue for hundreds more years into the future! We will explore the history and culture of our beautiful acequia irrigation systems, how they shape our environment and watersheds, and also the challenges and issues they are facing. Come learn about your heritage, and the many possibilities that exist for lives and future careers as scientists, advocates, and community caretakers of our acequias and local land, water and seeds!
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 8: Michael Haag, Forensic Science

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Michael Haag is a Forensic Scientist and Shooting Incident Reconstructionist based in the southwest United States. As President of Forensic Science Consultants (FSC), he operates as an independent investigator of all things related to physical evidence and specializes in firearms. He is often hired by attorneys in both criminal and civil matters, by prosecution and defense, and by law enforcement agencies. Come learn about the exciting world of forensic science and how STEM is used in this field. NOTE: Content will be filtered, but may involve the discussion of firearms, blood spatter, and/or other sensitive topic areas.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 9: University of New Mexico, Dr. Mubarak Hussain Syed; Neuro Connect

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dr. Syed is a researcher at the UNM, where his group is interested in understanding brain development and function. His lab uses fruit flies to understand mechanism that regulate neural diversity and function. These studies will enhance our fundamental knowledge of how neural cell types are generated and assembled so we can better harness stem cells to treat disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, and autism. If you are interested in health sciences, join us to learn and understand more.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series 10: Yellowstone National Park

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Come take a tour of the world's first national park. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the contiguous United States. Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in this park. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Park educationalists will discuss the geology, wildlife, careers, and the National Park Service mission of preservation and stewardship.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below. But, due to restrictions from Yellowstone Park in regards to public sharing, the recording needs a password that is available by request. Email for access.

STEM Series 11: New Mexico Tech, EMRTC; Explosives Research and Testing

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), a major research and training division of New Mexico Tech, is internationally recognized and has over 60 years experience in explosives research and testing. EMRTC specializes in the research, development, testing, and analysis of energetic materials for both corporate and government clients. As one of several research divisions of New Mexico Tech, EMRTC has access to university faculty with experience in a wide variety of scientific and technical disciplines. EMRTC's 40-square-mile field laboratory is located in the mountains adjacent to the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro, New Mexico. The field laboratory contains more than 30 test sites, gun ranges, other research facilities and storage areas, allowing for a complete spectrum of research and testing activities. EMRTC has the ability to conduct tests involving over 20,000 pounds of explosives.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Dropbox Link Below.

STEM Series #12: Indigenous Design and Planning Institute, Architecture and Design

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Indigenous Design and Planning Institute is an initiative to connect with local tribal communities to understand how programs at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, can assist with community development efforts. Our goal is to educate by engaging students, faculty, professionals, and policy leaders in culturally appropriate design and planning practices. Have you ever looked around your community and saw a need for change? What are places in your community that everyone utilizes? Community development involving architecture, planning and landscape architecture are meant to be around for a long time, so it is important that youth have a voice in those discussions because it is that community that you will inherit when you grow up. Learn about our projects that students have been involved and possible careers that shape how we view the land, our communities and each other.
RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Link Below. Access Password: &7*t.T5*

STEM Series FINALE: Coded Bias Filmmaker Discussion

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya´s Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against ? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers the most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Our STEM Series finale will be a Q&A with Director, Shalini Kantayya. The film, Coded Bias, is available free on Netflix. Screening code is only available for NM MESA Students and Advisors.

RECORDING IS AVAILABLE and posted through Link Below. Access Passcode: ^0LMsV1u

Virtual Screening Link is Available Through May 13. Access here: Access: codedbiaswatch11

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. 

Towering Above

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 6-20, 2020), 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.