Asombro is “Camping” This Summer

Asombro Is “Camping” This Summer By Stephanie Bestelmeyer   We love summer! This is the season for Asombro staff to create new lessons, update existing lessons, restock supplies, and organize the office. But before we get to all of that, Asombro staff first gets to go to camp. For the fourth year in a row,…

On the Road to Deming

On the Road to Deming By Rachel Szczytko     Asombro is on the move.   This spring, Asombro staff and volunteers have been heading 60 miles due west to Deming in order to bring hands-on science education to K-12 students in Deming Public Schools. All this is possible because of a generous grant from…

The Story of Scientist Saturday Mornings

The Story of Scientist Saturday Mornings By Dakota Domínguez     Chapter One: The Inception   When the Asombro staff gathered last November for our end-of-year planning meeting, we all agreed — we want to work toward getting more of our community to go outside and experience the wonder of the Chihuahuan Desert first hand….

The Joys of Winter in the Desert

The Joys of Winter in the Desert By Rachel Szczytko   Winter in the desert gets cold. The deciduous plants have lost their leaves. The days are short. Snow may fall (as we’ve seen quite a bit this season!).   But, just because winter is here, it doesn’t mean there are not countless wonderful things…

Behind the Scenes at Asombro

Behind the Scenes at Asombro: Planning for a New Year By Stephanie Bestelmeyer    “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for ideas and progress.” -Charles Kettering     I was recently talking with a long-time Asombro donor who asked me an interesting question:   When there is…

The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same

The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same By Rink Somerday   Humans have a funny way of putting meaning on numbers.   Some numbers are “big ones” like a 25th anniversary or a 50th birthday. Some are a coming of age, like that first year of the teens or finally becoming an…

Closer to Home: Place-Based Education & Connection

Closer to Home: Place-Based Education & Connection By Dakota Dominguez At Asombro, we offer engaging, place-based science education programs, but what does “place-based” really mean, and why is it a worthwhile way of framing science education?   The concept of place is one of those that is at once simple and intuitive but, at the…

Matter and Energy: Around and Around in the Chihuahuan Desert

Matter and Energy: Around and Around in the Chihuahuan Desert By Stephanie Haan-Amato   Doesn’t everyone want to go back to high school again?  We do!     The Asombro staff is excited to head into all of Las Cruces Public School high schools this year with a brand-new lesson about energy and matter cycling…

My Journey as a 2018 NAAEE Community Environmental Education Fellow

My Journey as a 2018 NAAEE Community Environmental Education Fellow By Ryan Pemberton   In February 2018, an application came across my desk to be a part of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) Community Environmental Education (EE) Fellowship program.  As I read through the program requirements and goals, it became abundantly clear…

Helping New Mexico be STEM Ready!

Helping New Mexico be STEM Ready! By Rachel Szczytko   In July of 2018, New Mexico officially implemented a whole new set of science standards. The NM STEM Ready! Standards turn old science teaching upside down. The Standards, which are made up of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with an additional six New Mexico-specific…

Refueling My Passion for Really Good Science Education

Refueling My Passion for Really Good Science Education By Libby Grace     Three years ago, I was a frustrated middle school science teacher. Having just completed Teach for America in Chicago, I found myself shocked at the status of science education in public schools. A lack of resources, and optimism, made meeting the needs…

2017 – Disasters, Drama, and Delight

2017 – Disasters, Drama, and Delight By Steph Bestelmeyer   2017 was quite a year. Our office was burglarized in May and then flooded in September due to a broken pipe. In October, the Public Education Department proposed New Mexico science education standards that omitted key concepts about evolution and climate change. Yet in spite…

The Birth of a New Lesson

The Birth of a New Lesson By Rink Somerday   The Asombro Institute for Science Education staff is always looking for regionally relevant, cutting edge science to incorporate into our hands-on, classroom lessons. It often starts with a science topic or science education standard that classroom teachers seek support in meeting. The wheels begin to…

Urgent! Help Shape Future Science Education in New Mexico

Urgent! Help Shape Future Science Education in New Mexico By Ryan Pemberton   On September 12, 2017, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) proposed replacing the current science education standards with the NM STEM Ready Standards. These new standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). However, a few key differences, including…

What We Do

What We Do By Libby Grace   Many mornings, the Asombro office begins to buzz just as the sun rises over the Organ Mountains to the east. We check activity bins, grab handouts, load up the cars and are off with the hopes of beating the buses to schools with plenty of time to set…