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Partnership Brings Portable Planetarium Bilingual Program to SFPS Schools


Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) is partnering with the Santa Fe Children’s Museum to bring the Stargazer Portable Planetarium bilingual program to elementary schools in the district. The first visit is scheduled for E.J. Martinez Elementary School on Wednesday, February 21st. Visits to Kearny Elementary, Atalaya Elementary, and Amy Biehl Community School have already been scheduled, and visits to other elementary schools in the district are currently being scheduled.

According to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Stargazer is the Santa Fe Children’s Museum’s high definition, portable planetarium. Stargazer transports students of all ages through the universe. The bilingual (English and Spanish) program takes students through the galaxy to ignite interest in the sciences, astronomy, and beyond.

Programs align with the K-12 New Mexico State Curriculum Standards and are specific to students’ needs, empowering teachers with a new way to engage learners with the world around them. Boundless educational applications are possible, from the micro-scale of cells, to the macro edges of our universe. Examples of educational programs include: A Walk Through the Night Sky; Understanding Seasons, Cycles, and Lunar Phases; Constellations and their Multicultural Stories; The Nature of Matter in Our Universe.

Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia is excited to participate in the program at one of the elementary schools and stated, “I thank the Santa Fe Children’s Museum for providing our students this tremendous program that will unlock the wonders of astronomy in our schools.”

The museum received Title I funding that will pay all expenses in order to bring the interactive bilingual exhibit to SFPS this year. The community can participate in the Stargazer Portable Planetarium program with the purchase of admission at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, contact Veronica Silva, Planetarium Coordinator, at vsilva@santafechildrensmuseum.org 505-989-8359 or Chari Kauffman, SFPS Math and Science Coordinator, at ckauffman@sfps.k12.nm.us 505-467-2515.

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