The intention of the eSTEM Program, now being developed, will be to promote systemic change by integrating the Sustainability Program opportunities with SFPS' current K-12 curriculum. The eSTEM Program will support SFPS educators by providing curriculum opportunities, professional development, and resources to teach STEM concepts in the context of environmental sustainability. One goal of the eSTEM Program is to prepare more graduates from underserved populations for rewarding careers requiring STEM proficiency, thereby developing the future workforce for the sustainability employment sector that is growing locally and nationally.
The SFPS eSTEM Program will emphasize critical thinking and scientific inquiry to help students understand and formulate solutions to relevant, real-world problems. This stands in contrast to the more conventional teaching of STEM, which emphasizes memorization and application of basic concepts to solve problems that may not be relevant to the student or their community. The SFPS eSTEM program will use water and energy conservation measures at SFPS facilities as teaching tools, engage students through experiential field studies and guest speakers, and collaborate with employers to tailor curriculum that prepares the future workforce for rewarding careers in the growing sustainability field.
Sustainability Career Pathway
SFPS' students don’t just need training and skills to succeed in today’s job market, they require us to strategically plan for their success by anticipating job growth sectors, and by collaborating with employers to make sure their education and job training is relevant.
The eSTEM Program will challenge students through real-world problem solving to understand the community’s sustainability needs and emphasize career prospects for STEM professionals. To accomplish this, the eSTEM program strives to develop a Sustainability focused Career Pathway that emphasizes STEM. This initiative approach will require working with strategic partners to create curriculum and work-based learning opportunities within our community.
- McCune Foundation
- Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office
- Climate Change Leadership Institute
- City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Program
- Santa Fe County Sustainability Program & Solid Waste Management Agency
- Green Schools National Network
- Santa Fe Watershed Association
- New Mexico Solar Industry Association
- Positive Energy Solar