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CRES STEM program goes "Radio Active!"

Carlos Rey Elementary School goes "Radio Active!" 

Friday, April 4, 2014, beginning at 8:30 AM, Carlos Rey Elementary will be the hosting their "Public Premier" community STEM event.  We will begin the day with a High Altitude Balloon Launch (NMSS-05) from our soccer field.  NMSS, (New Mexico Space Studies group, which consists of Radio Amateurs from around the state, APS teachers, and APS STEM students from WMHS and VHS).  Students from Mr. Joe Martinez's 4th grade class and Ms. Armijo's 5th grade class have been studying about radiation and will both be flying an experimental payload on the NMSS-05 mission.  The remainder of the day will be filled with observing the "Mission Control" in Room 201 as the Director and his team track the balloon using GPS, APRS, as well as collecting real time data from the delta frame mounted devices.  There will be demonstrations from WMHS and VHS STEM activities. There will also be a live, operation amateur radio station communicating with the chase and recovery crew and listening to the "chatter" around the nation as our balloon flight is unfolding.  Everyone is invited.  Please contact Alma Ripley at for additional information.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The development of STEM proficient students begins in elementary schools. In the elementary grades, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content and the STEM Standards of Practice while engaged in learning activities that investigate the natural world. Students explore technology and engineering solutions and appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real life issues and solve problems or challenges.

As students progress through elementary school they will begin to independently integrate the STEM Standards of Practice. They will understand how to apply the roles and views of STEM career professionals and analyze real world STEM issues, problems, or challenges as they incorporate STEM content, skills, and practices and other disciplines such as social studies, performing arts, health, and creative movement.