High School Classroom Programs


The Asombro Institute can bring a bit of hands-on science and the desert to your classroom. All programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about science through hands-on activities. Each program is aligned with the New Mexico STEM Ready! science standards (including the Next Generation Science Standards) and Common Core mathematics and English Language Art standards, where appropriate. Please call the Asombro Institute office (575-524-3334) to schedule your classroom presentations.


  • Where: In your classroom
  • Cost*: $60 for first presentation; $30 for additional, same-day presentations (additional travel charges may apply for schools outside Las Cruces, NM – $25 + 45 cents per mile)
  • Maximum Group Size: 1 class per presentation (exceptions on an individual basis)
  • Length: Approximately one hour per presentation (some lessons are multi-day)


Asombro provides programming in all four science disciplines in the NGSS curriculum: life science; physical science; earth & space science; and engineering, technology, & applications of science. Please scroll down to see our specific program offerings. A brief description of the program and applicable science standards are listed for each lesson. Click the science standard to read more on the Next Generation Science Standards website.

*The regular cost of classroom programs is $100 per lesson. However, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer a reduced price of $60 for the first lesson and $30 for each additional, same-day program.


Zoonotic Disease Transmission Mystery

Students learn that pathogens causes diseases and can move between animal and human populations in a variety of ways. Students play the role of public health scientists and are tasked with identifying the pathogen making people ill and determining the source of this outbreak. Students will read, gather data, and think critically about the clues they have collected and write a report to city officials detailing their results. Students will be asked to consider the likelihood of future outbreaks of zoonotic diseases and brainstorm solutions to mitigate this problem.




Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience, LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans

Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity


Click here for a sheet with both science and common core state standards.

Evaluating Solutions for Sustainable Ranching in the Southwest

Students will evaluate one of three solutions that hold promise for creating more sustainable beef production in the southwest: (1) the use of a heritage breed, the Rarámuri Criollo, or Criollo crossbreeds, rather than traditional cattle breeds; (2) the use of precision tools (such as GPS collars and water sensors); (3) the production of grass-fed beef as an alternative to the traditional beef supply chain. These topics stem from a large research project at New Mexico State University from 2019-2024. The module is designed to be completed as an in-class project, with some out-of-class work time for students. FFA students may also choose to expand upon their presentation and participate in the FFA Agricultural Issues Forum event.




HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.


Through grant funding, this lesson is available as an Asombro-led program in your classroom. Materials are also freely available online and can be accessed here.

Get Out and Graze!

Students learn about heritage livestock as they play the roles of Angus and Raramuri Criollo cattle grazing on a rangeland under abundant and then limited forage conditions caused by climate change.




HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.


Through grant funding, this lesson is available as an Asombro-led program in your classroom. Materials are also freely available online and can be accessed here.