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.


The Ins and Outs of a Climate Feedback Loop

Students learn how increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is warming Earth’s climate.  They use the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Interactive Atmospheric Data Visualization tool to investigate atmospheric carbon dioxide locally, conduct an experiment to model the greenhouse effect, and examine a positive feedback loop.




HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.


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


Up in the Air: Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Students create a model from string, toss bean bags, and sort chemical cards to review key processes in the carbon cycle.  They then quantitatively model the carbon cycle by playing a board game.

Requires two 45-minute class periods.




HS-ESS2-6 Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.


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


Precision Ranching

Precision Ranching (PR) tools are new in rangeland management and may have many strengths and weaknesses for this new use. Discover these strengths and weaknesses and determine ways in which they may be improved. Students examine the introduction of Precision Ranching Tools in the Chihuahuan Desert.  Students work with models of the technology in order to identify potential problems with each tool. They will then attempt to redesign one of the Precision Ranching Tools to address one of the potential problems.




HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.


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