High School Classroom Programs

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.

 

Matter and Energy CYCLING IN THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT

Researchers in Las Cruces studying the impact of urban development on wildlife populations found that there are more coyotes in some neighborhoods on the fringes of Las Cruces than in the surrounding wildland areas. Students seek to explain this phenomenon by considering how the flow of matter and energy through a food chain can impact population sizes. Students examine data on Las Cruces plants and animals to discover the factors that influence wildlife populations. Finally, they build a quantitative model of the movement of matter and energy in a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem and consider how those processes change in a Las Cruces neighborhood.

Requires two 45-minute class periods.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

HS-LS2-4 Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.

 

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

 


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.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

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.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

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.