More than 500 fourth-graders visited the Sandia/UNM Advanced Materials Laboratory at the University of New Mexico recently for a chemistry magic
For the rest of the week, the students applied their minds to the “Whodunit” and examined physical evidence, data
All the activities were part of the 15th CSI Dognapping program, organized by LaRico Treadwell with help from Tineca Quintana of Community Involvement and numerous volunteers from Sandia, UNM and the Albuquerque Public Schools.
This year, students came from Chelwood, Eugene Field, Emerson, Mission Avenue, Tomasita and Lowell
“The workshop promotes and challenges youth in scientific methods and encourages self-confidence and teamwork,” LaRico said. “They learn lab safety, how scientists must use all five of their senses and, most importantly, that it’s OK to ask questions and have fun.”
The program — founded by Sandians Timothy Boyle and Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez — won the ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Kids and Chemistry from the American Chemical society, making Sandia the first national laboratory to do so.