Kindergarten 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.



Sun and Shade in the Schoolyard

Students will learn that the sun warms the Earth’s surface by conducting a scientific investigation and designing a model to find the ideal place for a lizard to warm up or cool down in their schoolyard. Using their sense of touch, students will investigate different surfaces of the Earth in the sun and shade to determine which are warm or cool. Students will then design a model home for a lizard.




K-PS3-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.


K-PS3-2 Use tools and materials provided to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.


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


Patterns of Plant and Animal Survival

Using their own observations, students will determine what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. They will collect data on Chihuahuan Desert plants and animals, both from models and in animal habitats. As a class, they will use data from their observations to find patterns in plant and animal survival needs. Finally, the class will play a “survival game” using their new knowledge and showing evidence of their learning.




K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.


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