STEMarts Programs

STEMarts programs develop artistic, scientific and humanistic literacy by building in-depth curriculum around innovative and immersive sci-art experiences. We provide students and teachers in under served and rural communities with real world 21st century skill development and exciting global/local learning opportunities through the following programs.

STEMarts VR Stations: Our new and evolving virtual reality platform will host STEMarts Mixed Reality (MR) installations with interactive VR experiences. We create a 3D model from each festival venue allowing the audience to experience current and past MR installations through the custom designed VR platform. Our first event is the Global VR Youth Day which launched as a pilot program at the Harwood Art Museum in 2021. Participating schools and community organizations join a private VR space where students from around the world interact with the installation and socialize with each other, in conjunction with the live festival event.

STEMarts International: Through this international exchange program we connect classrooms in New Mexico with classrooms in participating countries with a 7-week virtual workshop that culminates with Space Messengers, a sci-art installation that is presented at art and science festivals around the world. This program facilitates communication and collaboration between youth leaders around the world to encourage intercultural respect, creative expression and science literacy.

STEMarts Apprenticeship: Women/girls from Northern New Mexico aged 14-19 are eligible to apply for a one-year STEMarts apprenticeship program as part of the Space Messengers project where they receive a $1000 stipend and customized training in STEM/STEAM areas in order to; develop their own website portfolios to identify and support their unique interests; assist with the traveling Space Messengers installation, participate as facilitators for the international virtual workshop, learn ARCGIS programming to contribute to the global GIS Storymap, and receive opportunities for internships and job-placement based on skills developed through the apprenticeship to support continued learning.

STEMarts Ambassador Program: Students (ages 14-19) can apply to be STEAM Ambassadors and upon successful completion will receive the following benefits; STEAM Ambassador certificate; Listing on the STEMarts Lab website as STEAM Ambassadors with profile photo; Referral letter for a job or scholarship; Eligible to participate as 'Virtual" STEAM Ambassadors, or for other STEAM opportunities with Space Messengers event as it travels.

STEMarts Teacher Certification: Teachers that successfully complete the 7-week Space Messengers workshop, teacher trainings, and participate in the final event by engaging students as STEAM Ambassadors, receive the STEMarts Teacher Certification with the following benefits; Training Certificate, eligible to participate as leads in the "Year Two" program with a new cohort of students; Representation as accredited teachers on the Space Messengers Storymap network with opportunities to connect with other certified STEMarts teachers around the world.

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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