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Behind the Scenes at Asombro

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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…

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The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same

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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…

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Closer to Home: Place-Based Education & Connection

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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…

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Matter and Energy: Around and Around in the Chihuahuan Desert

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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…

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My Journey as a 2018 NAAEE Community Environmental Education Fellow

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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…

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Helping New Mexico be STEM Ready!

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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…

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Refueling My Passion for Really Good Science Education

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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…

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2017 – Disasters, Drama, and Delight

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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…

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The Birth of a New Lesson

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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…

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Urgent! Help Shape Future Science Education in New Mexico

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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…

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What We Do

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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…

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Peace, Love, and Butterflies

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Peace, Love, and Butterflies By Stephanie Haan-Amato   Who doesn’t love butterflies? Butterflies hold the rare status among insects of being considered lovely and charming by most people. In fact, research demonstrates that butterflies are the most popular group of invertebrates, and perhaps not surprisingly, that mosquitoes, leeches, spiders, and wasps are the least popular…

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Burglary and a Happy Ending

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Burglary and a Happy Ending By Stephanie Bestelmeyer   If you’ve ever been burglarized, you know the sense of shock, sadness, and anger that come in waves as you deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately, the Asombro Institute for Science Education staff and Board felt all of these emotions in late May when our office was…

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A Decade and a Half of Stories

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A Decade and a Half of Stories By Rink Somerday   When I think of the thousands of students I have taught over the past 14 years, it is hard to remember all the faces and all the names. Some stick out for the insight they possessed on a field trip or the connection they…

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What Can We Do in One Hour? An Interview with Debbie Vance – Picacho Middle School

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What Can We Do in One Hour? An Interview with Debbie Vance – Picacho Middle School By Ryan Pemberton     I have been an environmental educator in some shape or form for the last six years. The ways I’ve interacted with students has varied from going into their classrooms, to hosting students on field…

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