Parents, teachers, and students can find an array of regional and national resources for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education consolidated in one convenient place at www.nmsteamhub.com. New this year and supported by Los Alamos National Laboratory, it’s an online, one-stop shop for child care resources, parent guides for online learning, and STEAM activities to do at home.
“Back-to-school 2020 has challenged all of us to become more resourceful and creative,” said Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Now more than ever, it’s critical for the Laboratory to be a partner in education. I commend the New Mexico STEAM Coalition for seeing the need for the STEAM Hub and applaud the enthusiasm of our regional partners who joined the effort.”
The site offers various kinds of educational support, including:
• Searching local childcare options via its Child Care & Connection Hub
• Teacher guides for creating video lessons and podcasts
• Parent guides for virtual K-12 learning
• Resources such as virtual events, virtual field trips, and hands-on activities to do at home
• Locating free internet hotspots via its Hotspot Map
Visitors to the site will also find learning opportunities in STEAM from regional partners such as Explora, Twirl, and STEM Santa Fe, as well as national organizations like Battelle Memorial Institute, Khan Academy, NASA, TGR Foundation, and the math-education website youcubed.org.
The free, online resource is collective action initiative of the New Mexico STEAM Coalition and developed with support from LANL Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Triad National Security, and the Community Learning Network and made possible via contributions from LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium, the New Mexico Foundation, New Mexico Gas Company, New Mexico TechWorks, NSF Smart and Connected Communities, Internet Society and the Internet Society New Mexico Chapter, Opportunity Santa Fe, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and interns, North Central New Mexico Economic Development District, and numerous regional STEAM advocates, organizations, and agencies.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.