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By Lindsey Kibler

Photography By Randy Montoya

Friday, March 16, 2018

Students learn about Sandia’s global security work during state STEAM event

Statewide STEAM event

Sandia hosted nearly 50 northern New Mexico middle school students last month for a day of interactive science, technology, engineering, and math activities that focused on the Labs’ global security work.

The event was part of the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement Inc. (NM MESA) STEAM Extravaganza. NM MESA selected middle and high school students from across the state and invited them to Albuquerque to participate in immersive experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or STEAM, according to the organization. 

 “We’re excited to open our doors to these students. We want them to see the wide range of opportunities available to them when they study and work in STEM and to benefit from the expertise we have right here in our state,” says community relations specialist Katrina Wagner. Sandia was one of 15 organizations that partnered with NM MESA for this event.

Students from Mesa Alta Junior High in Bloomfield and Española’s Carlos Vigil Middle School learned about Sandia’s national security mission during a tour of the Training and Technology Demonstration area at Sandia’s Center for Global Security and Cooperation. The area showcases technologies that can be cooperatively applied to a range of monitoring applications across the globe in areas such as nonproliferation, combating terrorism, and arms control.

Groups then rotated through four stations that featured a wide range of Sandia’s research and development work, including chemistry, cognitive science, and eye tracking, delay technologies designed to provide physical security of facilities, environmental protection, and other Sandia work.

The Sandia researchers explained to the students the scientific concepts on display and discussed their own career paths.