Sandia National Laboratories provides innovative, science-based, systems-engineering solutions to our nation's most challenging national security problems. The declining numbers of American students who pursue science and engineering degrees is a national concern. Encouraging students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers is the goal of our K-12 education programs.
Elementary school programs
Elementary school children are fascinated with the unexpected, as are scientists. One of the challenges with elementary school children is discovering ways to engage students with hands-on math and science activities that encourage them to test theories, not just memorize facts. Our elementary school programs focus on providing inquiry-based activities that emphasize the fun of science.
Middle school & high school programs
Middle school and high school students are exploring potential career choices. These students benefit from experiences that reinforce the importance of science and engineering, and allow them to visualize themselves in a STEM career. Our middle and high school programs, led by STEM professionals, focus on providing more in-depth science and engineering experiences.
Teacher professional development
The professional development of teachers is paramount to student success. Sandia sponsors a variety of science and math teacher professional development opportunities.