Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers
Sandia National Laboratories provides innovative, science-based, systems-engineering solutions to our nation's most challenging national security problems. 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 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.