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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.

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