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STEM Education Programs

Los Alamos National Laboratory views its investment in STEM education as strengthening the Lab’s strategic direction and developing its current and future workforce.

September 20, 2021
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Contacts  

  • Education
  • Janelle Vigil-Maestas
  • Community Partnerships Office
  • (505) 665-4329
  • Email

Los Alamos National Laboratory supports a variety of K12 STEM education events and programs with technical assistance, volunteers, and financial assistance. Through a range of programs and partnerships with organizations throughout the region, the Lab contributes to strengthening the community.

> Download our STEM Education Programs K-12 leaflet (.pdf)

Internship and scholarship opportunities

High School Internship Program
The High School Internship Program provides qualified Northern New Mexico high school seniors the opportunity to develop skills and gain work experience at the Laboratory, while receiving exposure to a variety of career fields. Internships are available in both STEM and other career fields (e.g., administrative, business, operations support, etc.).

LANL Foundation Scholarships
Since 1999, LANL Foundation in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) has awarded scholarships to students from Northern New Mexico. Scholarships support Northern New Mexico students in all fields of study – not just STEM– to attend local and out-of-state colleges and universities. Awards are offered in two categories: 4-year undergraduate scholarships, and Career Pathways scholarship for two-year degree programs or certificate programs.

STEM education programs & competitions

Bradbury Science Museum Education Programming
The professional educators at the Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum offer a range of programs for local schools, including interactive virtual field trips, museum explorations, and Science on Wheels where we visit you.

DOE Science Bowl (Winter/Spring)
Grades 6-8
A nationwide and regional academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.

Electric Car Challenge (November)
Grades 6-8
A competition where students design, build, and race a battery-powered model car. Students also have the option to compete in an oral presentation.

Expanding Your Horizons (Spring/Fall)
Grades 5-8
A conference for young women aimed at increasing their interest in and awareness of mathematics, science, and other nontraditional professions.

Frontiers in Science Talks (Quarterly)
Everyone
This series of conversations with scientists, engineers, and other experts is a public service of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. All talks are free and open to the public.

Future City (February)
Grades 6-8
A national, project-based learning experience where students imagine,design, and build cities of the future.

Hour of Code (December)
Grades 2-12
Volunteers introduce students to computer science and work with them to complete an hour of coding.
 
NM Governor's STEM Challenge (December)
Grades 6-8
Statewide showcase, hosted by NMSU, allows New Mexico high school students to be creative and to collaborate on STEM solutions to issues we face in the state and across the globe.
 
Supercomputing Challenge (Kickoff: September)
Grades 6-12
Subject area: Science/Engineering/Physics/Computer Science
The Supercomputing Challenge is a program for middle and high schools students to come up with a computational science project and work on it all year long.
  
Summer Physics Camp for Young Women (October)
Grades 6-12
The camp offers a unique opportunity to explore STEM careers, including tours of
national laboratories (in-person and virtual), lectures ranging from history of women in science to astrophysics or robotics, hands-on demonstrations of physics and engineering topics and multi-day team projects where the students use the concepts learned.

Laboratory employees' community involvement and outreach

Full and part-time Lab employees are eligible to support STEM-related activities with local schools via the Laboratory’s Community Involvement and Outreach Time program during normal work hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.). Examples of this include providing presentations, mentoring, tutoring, and judging. If you would like to request support in these areas, please contact Janelle Vigil-Maestas, vigil-m@lanl.gov