About Us
STEM Santa Fe envisions a world filled with analytical citizens exploring complex issues for the betterment of society.

Guiding principles

  1. Inspiring students to remain engaged in school and interested in STEM fields through programs centered on hands-on activities, real-world applications, and culturally relevant projects.
  2. Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education by working to close the opportunity gap for under-represented groups in STEM – mainly girls, Hispanics, and Native Americans – and under-served groups in Northern NM.
  3. Strengthening students’ growth mindset and increasing their confidence in STEM by engaging them with caring STEM professionals and college students who act as mentors and role models.
  4. Instilling 21st century skills like teamwork, problem-solving, and resiliency to prepare the youth for the future job market demand through engaging them with project-based learning and nurturing their social-emotional learning and wellness.
  5. Fostering friendships between like-minded peers who reinforce each others’ interest in STEM by bringing students together at large events.
  6. Cultivating a community of practice of STEM professionals, volunteers, and educators to be a supportive network for students and each other.
  7. Invigorating the New Mexico STEM education ecosystem by forming collaborations and coalitions with local groups, schools, and nonprofits that share our vision.

Inclusion Statement

As a STEM advocate strive to understand and creatively solve current and future problems in our world, it is crucial that the voices of all people are represented in all the fields STEM encompasses. Race, ethnicity, culture, nation of origin, language spoken, gender identity and expression, color, religion, disability, and sexual orientation are all vital aspects of peoples' voices. We strive to STEM Santa Fe a safe and welcoming space for students from under-represented communities.
Our focus on equity-based practices throughout our programming helps us recruit, engage, and support any and all students who benefit from hands-on, relevant STEM education. By leveraging our community of practice to create a more diverse, equitable, all inclusive environment for STEM education, we hope to create a foundation for a world filed with analytical citizens exploring complex issues for the betterment of society.

Testimonials

STEM Santa Fe offers a variety of easily accessible programs to the youth of northern New Mexico at various times of year that help students develop a greater awareness of the wide-ranging opportunities available to them in STEM education and career pathways. My daughter has been participating in these programs since she was age-eligible and has definitely had her eyes opened to areas within STEM that she hadn't before realized she might be interested in, e.g., engineering. I am so grateful to founder Lina Germann and her team at STEM Santa Fe for providing these programs and models to my STEM-focused daughter. Santa Fe is relatively small and we don't have many of the learning opportunities here that are available in larger cities. Anything that ignites a child's interest and curiosity in ways that are fun for them and grows their intellectual interests and capacities is so welcome; STEM Santa Fe achieves both these goals without question. So thank you, STEM Santa Fe! I am excited that my daughter will soon be able to participate in some of the math and science programs designed for teens.
Bonnie Schwatz, mom to Willow Schwartz Szeto, 8th grader
This organization is stepping up to serve in ways that makes me so excited. Though we have a lot of work to do where education is concerned, it's organizations like this that make me feel hopeful. Thank you STEM Santa Fe for being a beacon during these challenging times!
Rubina Cohen, Founder & CEO, Firefly Strategies
The STEM Santa Fe 3D camp was a great learning experience for our son. The staff and teachers were organized, they kept the campers engaged, provided challenging but realistic projects that made for exciting results in the form of 3D forms! We would love to do this again and highly recommend it to others with an interest in 3D.
Jennifer & Khristaan Villela, Parents
"Buenas noches, quiero expresar mi gran respeto a Uds por el trabajo tan lindo que hacen para los niños, personalmente Samantha experimentó un nuevo conocimiento que le permitió aprender de tecnología e información.Realmente ella disfruto muchísimo y yo como madre me hace sentir orgullosa. Les deseo éxitos para que puedan seguir adelante con sus proyectos y sean parte de motivación para las nuevas generations." Good evening, I want to express my great respect to you for the beautiful work you do for the children. Samantha personally experienced a new knowledge that allowed her to learn about technology and information. She really enjoyed it very much and I as a mother makes me feel proud. I wish you success so that you can continue with your projects and be part of the motivation for the new generations.
Jessica Corrales Quirós, Parent
As a whole, the mentorship was a challenging, yet fulfilling experience. Creating the Smart Greenhouse was extremely informative, and a creative method to become more eco friendly. I learned a variety of skills including: how to be precise, coding, patience, how to effectively communicate, and especially teamwork. The most difficult aspect of the mentorship was learning how to effectively code, be precise, and accurate. When writing code, making a single mistake can disrupt the whole programming system and will not produce the desired results. Overall, this was an excellent learning experience and we highly recommend it to other schools.
Alexandra Mendoza, Capital High School student
STEM education for girls is incredibly important to me. As a father of daughters and a leader in technology, I advocate for under-represented groups in tech and engineering. STEM Santa Fe walks the walk when it comes to fighting for resources to educate girls in STEM programs. Eliana was able to compete and place, in a congressional coding camp challenge because of this awesome organization.
Jeremy Lovato, Parent
What a treasure trove of learning my students have experienced while in the STEM Scaffold Santa Fe program these past three years! I have watched them grow from nervous sophomores trying to simply comprehend what an Arduino does, to seniors full of confidence asking STEM professionals to explain what their day-to-day work responsibilities look like. They've improved their teamwork skills, their analytical skills, and STEM is no longer just another abstract career choice beyond their reach. Thank you for providing my students and me with the support we need and the inspiration to challenge ourselves!
Karen Squires, AVID Teacher at CHS
STEM Santa Fe has allowed me to explore my interests, and encouraged me to push my boundaries and think outside the box. STEM Santa Fe's programs have given me and many girls the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I met many students with similar interests and I was given the chance to learn about the many amazing jobs and careers available to pursue.
Vinaya, 8th grade student in Santa Fe
My sons, Max and Desmond Garcia, participated in STEM Santa Fe's summer camps offered during this unique and challenging pandemic summer. This was our first experience with STEM Santa Fe and we were so excited to be able to take classes and learn something new while quarantining. Our family lives in Espanola and online learning has made things much more accessible for us. The programs offered were concise for ease in learning but also had a depth that allowed for out of classroom ideas, practice, and discussions.
Mother Jessica From Rio Arriba
This was my first time learning about STEM and attending a STEM conference. I took two workshops, one of which was Soil Engineering. I learned that it is important to know what is underground because the building will not be sturdy, it might fall, or it will be crooked. I really enjoyed this conference. I would like to join a STEM conference again as it was fun, entertaining, fascinating, and it gave me a new career path that I might want to take, that I didn't think about before STEM. The second workshop I attended was Plants, Water, and Climate. What I learned is that it is important to know what the climate is for your plant because your plant might die because of the climate at the matter. I would do this conference again because all these workshops are about 1 or 2 hours long and in that time I learned so much.
Nalia E., 5th Grade, San Juan Elementary, Ohkay Owingeh