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Inquiry Facilitators | Enhancing STEM Education

Our Projects

(updated 6.20.2017)

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Enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through academic competition, support of student research, and professional development for teachers

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Academic Competition

Providing robotics education and an annual competition for students who have designed, built and programmed an autonomous robot. Robotics integrates science, technology, engineering and math.  RoboRAVE International aims to make robotics accessible to any kid anywhere. A 2012 survey found 85% of students said it made a difference in whether they would pursue a career in science or technology.

We have worked with the offices of U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall to organize an alliance of all robot competitions in New Mexico. Members of the alliance have agreed to cross-promote all the other competitions and programs, as each offers a unique opportunity to New Mexico students. The competitions run from late September to early June, allowing academic athletes to participate in multiple “game” days throughout the school year. The Robot Alliance pursues this shared aim: Students will, through team competition, learn how to design, build, program and test machines to complete tasks and communicate results in a variety of ways.

  • Collaboration

We collaborate with other initiatives and competitions around the world:

US (NM, CA, AZ, CO, TX, MO, NJ, NY, MN), Mexico (Juárez, Guadalajara), Colombia  (Medellín), China (Beijing), France (Paris, Craon, St. Priest), Spain (Badajoz), Estonia (Tallinn), Nigeria (Abuja), Canada (Vancouver), Germany (Lörrach), Czech Republic (Praha, Pardubice), Slovakia (Žilina), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), India (Cochin), Japan (Kaga, Osaka, Kanto), and Argentina (Villa Maria, La Punta). In addition we are/have worked with the US Embassies in Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Turkmenistan as well as US Consulates in Juárez and St. Petersburg as part of the International Speakers Bureau which Russ is a designated speaker.

Student Research

Support of Student Research

2005 – Phoenix, AZ Intel Educators Academy presenter 2007 – Albuquerque, NM ‐ Host of Intel ISEF 2007 2008 – Atlanta, GA Intel Educators Academy presenter 2010 – San Jose, CA Intel Educators Academy presenter 2011 – Los Angeles, CA Intel Educators Academy presenter 2012 – Pittsburgh, PA Intel Educators Academy presenter

  • SciMatics Award for NM Students 2009‐2011, grades 6 ‐12

Provided small monetary awards to middle and high school researchers for their use of mathematics in scientific research

Developed an informal research program so any student traveling internationally can deepen his own understanding of where he is traveling by learning about a specific self‐based interest

  • Presenter

-Master of Ceremonies, American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s Native American Science and Engineering Fair awards – 2011, 2012 -Senior Awards Presenter at the Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Research Challenge, 2010 -Co‐presenter of the Senior Level Awards for all special categories, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

  • Student Research Judge

-Judged student research projects locally and statewide at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair for grades 6‐12, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 -Judged student research projects at the Central New Mexico Science and Engineering Research Challenge for grades 6 -12, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

With Intel and KOAT-TV, co-sponsored weekly televised news features on student research projects

Teacher Development

Teacher Professional Development in Math and Science

Co‐facilitate an intensive 80 hour K‐8 math program to deepen teachers’ content knowledge

2010 – for teachers from Bernalillo, Jemez, Grants, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe
2011 – for teachers with the Northern New Mexico Network (2 classes)
2012 – for teachers with the Bureau of Indian Education

  • Northern New Mexico Colleges – Accelerate Program, 2012

    • Professional development for math professors at 6 northern New Mexico colleges using robots and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy’s curriculum
    • Assisting the math professors at college robot camps to teach math fundamentals to struggling students using robots as manipulatives
    • Funding provided by the DOE to target the dropout rate at Santa Fe Community College, UNM-Los Alamos, NM Highlands University, Luna Community College, UNM-Taos and Northern NM College
  • Bureau of Indian Education Focus Math

Coached math through a Bureau of Indian Education program to raise student proficiency on state standards assessments by focusing on instruction, and improving pacing, data collection and data review

-Eastern Navajo ‐ Tohaali (Toadlena) grades 4‐8, 2007-08
-Tohono O’odham grades 4‐12, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10
New Mexico
-Santa Fe Indian School grades 6‐12, 2009-10
-Hannahville Nah Tah Wahsh Academy grades K‐12, 2009- 10, 2010-11, 2011-12

  • Math coaching to improve teachers’ instruction and assessment of mathematics

Albuquerque Public Schools:
El Camino Real Academy, grades 3‐12, 2010‐2011
North Valley Academy, Albuquerque grades K‐8, 2010

Belen Schools, grades K‐12, 2011

Socorro Consolidated Schools, grades K‐12, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • iTeachNM, 2009 – 2010

Professional development to deepen teachers’ knowledge of content, instruction and assessment through summer boot camps and year‐long in‐class observations

    • Dulce, NM Elementary School grades 4‐6
    • San Diego Riverside School grades 4‐8
    • Jemez Pueblo School grades 4‐5
    • Bernalillo Public Schools grades 4‐8
  • Multiday workshops to deepen teacher’s knowledge of content, standards, and instructional techniques

    • Bootcamps for Math Educators K‐12 2008, 2010
    • Bootcamp for Science Educators K‐12, 2007

International Services

  • Training teachers to integrate scientific investigation into their instruction

Parque Explora, Medellín, Colombia grades 6‐12, 2008
Parque Explora y Secretaria de Educación, Medellín, Colombia grades 6‐12, 2011
Parque Explora y Secretaria de Educación, Medellín, Colombia, 2012


  • Introduction of autonomous robotics (as part of RoboRAVE International)

Czech Republic
Pardubice, 2011 – introductory sessions for students
Pardubice, 2012 – workshops for students at 4 public schools



Changsha, 2013 – two day workshop for students and teachers on event & Line Following Challenge




Parque Explora, Medellín, Colombia September, 2012 – introduction of RoboRAVE International