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.

 

 

Carbon Cycling and Climate Change

Students develop a model of carbon cycling using place-based data from the southwest United States.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

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

 


ENERGY AND MATTER CYCLING IN THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT

Using actual scientific data, students model the transfer of matter and energy in the Chihuahuan Desert trophic pyramid. Students then apply the data to mathematical representations of energetics in the Chihuahuan Desert trophic pyramid. Students also utilize carbon sensors to explore how energy and matter are transferred in photosynthesis.

 

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.


HS-PS3-2 Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motion of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects).