Students from Coronado, Cuba, and Lybrook Middle Schools Learn at Explora Science Center and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

April 2014

Students from Coronado, Cuba, and Lybrook Middle Schools learned at Explora (a hands-on, interactive Science Center) and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science this spring.

In a series of field trips sponsored by UNM’s Science Education Partnership, over 155 students visited two of the state’s premier museums. At the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, students went to the traveling exhibit “Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things”. This exhibit explained the science behind bodily functions often considered impolite, like, urinating, vomiting, burping, or passing gas. These human biology lessons reinforced the health science that students learned during their fall field trip to the University of New Mexico’s Health Science Center.

Science teachers choose which permanent exhibits their classes visited next and each class focused on a different area of science to highlight their classroom learning. Students especially enjoyed getting to ride a bike on a tightrope at Explora and learning about all the dinosaur bones and fossils found in NM at the Natural History Museum. Some students got to meet Dr. Jayne Aubele, a geologist who specializes in volcanoes and knew all about the geology of the Cuba, Lybrook, and Gallina areas. Other students got to meet college students studying science at UNM.

A big “thank you” to all the students, teachers, museum staff, and volunteers who made these trips great!

Prevention Research Center

The mission of the (UNM) Prevention Research Center (PRC) is to address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of New Mexican communities through participatory, science-based, health promotion and disease prevention research. We fulfill this mission through collaboration, training, dissemination and evaluation activities.