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Nuclear Museum Brings Science to Rio Rancho Public Schools

August 21, 2015

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is partnering with the Rio Rancho Public School’s after school program S.A.F.E. (Students Achieving For Excellence) where members of the Museum’s education department visit different K-5 schools once a week for the 2015 fall and 2016 spring semesters.

Focusing on the RRPS S.A.F.E. vision to empower children to succeed socially and academically through quality learning and role modeling experiences, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History educators and volunteers present engaging, hands-on topics such as friction, air, static electricity, rockets, circuits, origami and more to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Students are so excited to test how a hovercraft uses air to reduce friction with the ground, build straw rockets and experiment with launch angles, explore the geometry of paper folding and build circuits using common household items,” said Rachael Cutrufello, Museum Education Director.

In the 2015 fall semester, Museum staff is working with students at Maggie Cordova and Puesta del Sol elementary schools. In the 2016 spring semester, the Museum staff will visit students at Vista Grande, Sandia Vista and Cielo Azul elementary schools.

“We are thrilled to have this wonderful partnership, as the Museum was looking to expand our partnerships in the greater Albuquerque community, particularly in Rio Rancho,” said Cutrufello. “We don’t often get to see students in Rio Rancho, and what a great opportunity to bring science to them!”

Each semester’s program will end with a field trip for the participating students to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Presidents Day Camp - February 19

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Eureka: Simple Machines & Physics Edition" on February 19 for Presidents Day. In this one-day break from school, students 6-12 years old will build super structures using their own creativity, basic design principles and simple machines. They will also learn about the properties of building shapes and materials through hands-on experimentation.

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Discover STEM Day - Saturday, February 10

On Saturday, February 10, from 10 am to 3 pm, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will welcome families and Scouts for a day of engineering fun! Visitors will experience the finest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). All activities are kid-friendly, completely interactive and designed to spark interest in the scientific fields of science and engineering.

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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