K-12 STEM-H & Valencia Student Outreach

The UNM-Valencia campus has limited access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify Valencia County K-12 schools when the campus opens for normal business and activities.

When the campus opens for normal business and activities, we welcome K-12 students, teachers, and administrators and invite you to visit our campus and participate in our STEM-H events and activities. As virtual events and activities are scheduled for this Fall, the information will be placed on this site. To schedule a tour of the campus, email Rita Garcia, Branch Recruitment Specialist, at rgarcia18@unm.edu or Glenda Kodaseet, R2S2 Communication and Outreach Specialist, at gkodasee@unm.edu

The K-12 component of the R2S2 grant is designed to generate interest in STEM-H through hands-on learning activities led by faculty and college students. As a means to connect K-12 students to college students, UNM-Valencia students serve as hosts, tour guides and participants at all STEM-H events to build their service and leadership capacity.

STEM events for UNM-Valencia students are listed after K-12 events. Events for UNM-Valencia students expose them to research, internship and career information. All majors are welcome to participate in all R2S2 events.

Fall K-12 Events

  • BioBlitz, held annually in September, focuses on biology. Students participate in a scavenger hunt around campus searching for leaves, flowers, and various parts of plants or trees utilizing a map key. Students also create ceramic molds of a found scavenger hunt object as a memento, and enjoy pizza.
  • Mole Day, held annually on October 23, celebrates chemistry and Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Students participate in various hands-on activities led by Dr. Jerry Godbout, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and his chemistry students. K-12 students can create mementos to take home and enjoy pizza for lunch.

Spring K-12 Events

  • Earth Day, held annually in April, is a campus-wide event with many departments hosting various activities. This year's event was to be held on Wednesday, April 22 and included students visiting a portable planetarium, creating art objects, baking cookies with a solar oven, and enjoying pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, and chips for lunch. Additionally, STEM League Student Club members plant a variety of plants, herbs and flowers in UNM-Valencia's Greenhouse to sell on Earth Day.
  • STEM Day, initially planned for May 4, informs students about STEM. This year's event was to be held on Monday, May 4, for high school juniors and seniors. It was to be an oportunity for students to explore STEM-H through faculty-led hands-on activities, touring research labs and interacting with research faculty and students, viewing faculty-led demonstrations on science and technology, and interacting with faculty and students to learn more about career paths in STEM. Currently, we are re-scheduling STEM Day for a virtual event this fall (2020). As a date and time and activities are firmed up, we will be notifying K-12 schools. STEM Day is co-sponsored with Los Lunas Facebook (Village of Los Lunas [VLL] Data Center.

STEM Exploration for UNM-Valencia Students

  • BioBliz - September
  • Mole Day - October
  • e-Day - February
  • Earth Day - April
  • Undergraduate Research Day - May
  • STEM Day - May
  • STEM Speaker Series - Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Field Trips - Fall and Spring Semesters

BioBlitz - Celebrating Biology

 BioBlitz 2018 and 2019

Mole Day (K-12) - Celebrating Chemistry  Mole Day (UNM-Valencia Students)

K-12 Outreach Mole Day

e-Day - Celebrating Math and the Mathematical Constant e

e-Day Celebration Feb 2020

Earth Day

Earth Day 2019-2020

STEM Day - Rescheduled for a Fall 2020 Virtual Event for K-12 and UNM-Valencia Students

2020 STEM Day

STEM Events Focused on UNM-Valencia Students

Fall 2019 STEM Speaker Series

Fall 2019 STEM Speaker Series

STEM Student Success Speakers - Alumni

STEM Student Success Speakers-Alumni

Field Trip: N.M. Air Force Research Lab

NM AFRL Oct 2019 Field Trip

For information about K-12 Outreach or STEM Events, email r2s2@unm.edu.