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Project Descriptions

Planting Seeds of STEM

September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2022 | Public Programs

The Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum will carry out the “Planting Seeds of STEM” project to address the under-representation of people of color in STEM courses and careers. Through informal science education programming that focuses on the STEM concepts inherent in the agricultural traditions of New Mexico, the project will engage students from communities of color in STEM. The project also aims to increase exposure to STEM role models, especially farmers from communities of color, and spark interest in STEM content and careers. The museum will partner with multiple local organizations and the New Mexico State University Master Gardener Program to implement the project activities.


Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245499-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $117,020


  • Kristin Winchester Leigh
    Principal Investigator
  • Discipline: Ecology, forestry, and agriculture
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Park, Outdoor, and Garden Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial

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