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NM STEM Education Week to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Initiatives

Community members, students, PreK-20 educators, STEM advocates, industry professionals, state agency education professionals, and elected officials will come together on February 7th to celebrate “NM STEM Education Week” in the Capitol Rotunda.

“NM STEM Education Week” is the result of a memorial co-sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart, Sen.  John Sapien and Sen. Gay Kernan. The memorial encourages the public education department, the higher education department and the private sector each work to advance the following goals:

  • Certify 1000 new science and mathematics teachers in NM by 2020

  • Demonstrate a 25 percent increase in the number of NM high school students measurably proficient in mathematics by 2020

  • Increase NM’s college graduation rate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by 25 percent by 2020

  • Improve coordination among higher education institutions to reform pre-service teacher programs that will prepare the next generation of science and mathematics educators

Copies of the memorial will be transmitted to the governor, the secretaries of public education and higher education, and the presidents of public post-secondary educational institutions.


Where:    NM Capitol Rotunda
When:    February 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

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Anonymous Commented on 04-Feb-2014 02:07 PM

Achieving these goals requires the collaboration and commitment from communities, parents, schools (formal institutions), informal institutions (museums, libraries), and businesses.

"Attitudes toward science careers, formed primarily during out-of-school time in early adolescence, appeared to be the single most important factor in determining children's future career choices in science."

"Data from the Programme for International Student Assessment showed that a major predictor of high achievement on the test was participation in out-of-school, free-choice learning experiences such as visits to science museums."

Falk, J. H., & Dierking, L. D. (2010). The 95 percent solution. American Scientist, 98(6), 486-493. Retrieved from

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