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CHISPA Family Day Events in Deming and Tularosa New Mexico

Tularosa and Deming are small towns located about three hours from Albuquerque, NM, where CHISPA partner Explora is located. They are two of the communities served by CHISPA partner HELP NM. That’s a long drive for families to get to a science center, so Explora and HELP NM worked together to plan and host two remarkable CHISPA Family Science events on November 29 in Tularosa and on November 30, 2017 in Deming.

In Tularosa, the Explora team, led by Andres Barrera Guerrero, took several exhibits and activities for the event, and worked with Maria Farias, HELP NM staff member, to welcome 62 children and parents to spend an afternoon exploring science. Pizza and snacks were enjoyed by all.

CHISPA Family Science Day in Tularosa, NM

Andres Barrera Guerrero, Explora, and Maria Farias, HELP NM, prepare for Family Science Day

The next day the Explora team went to Deming, and 69 children and their families spent the afternoon together investigating and engaging in STEM. Crystal Pena, HELP NM Area Coordinator and CHISPA lead CBO partner, provided door prizes, and she and her team cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for everybody.

Deming Mayor Benny Jasso and Crystal Pena were the featured speakers, inspiring families to support their kids dreams and to convert small events in great opportunities for learning and progress. Crystal shared the joy she felt at seeing families working together with Explora and supporting CHISPA, and Mayor Benny encouraged the attendees to challenge themselves to reach their goals.

(from left to right)
Sebastian Camacho: Family community engagement specialist, Andres Barrera Guerrero: CHISPA and Explora educator, Crystal Pena: CHISPA CBO and HELPNM Area coordinator, Mayor Benny Jasso, Deming, NM, Dolores Lopez

Family Science activity in Deming, NM

Family Science activity in Deming, NM


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), under Grant No. DRL-1323516. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.