Proyecto Futuro was an award winning program that provided services from 1993-2007. The project focused on involving parents from underserved communities in their children's education, developing teacher skills and confidence in implementing hands-on science, and fostering positive attitudes toward science learning.
Project activities included: 1) teacher professional development workshops focusing on hands-on instructional methods; 2) dissemination of bilingual science curriculum materials for K-8 teachers, and 3) family science nights at the museum for parents, children, and teachers.
Proyecto Futuro was funded by General Mills, National Science Foundation, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
From 2007-2009, Celebra la Ciencia built on the successes of Proyecto Futuro and brought together other museums and science centers to provide bilingual family science events with a focus on informal, hands-on education techniques. Celebra la Ciencia coalition of community partners continues their commitment to share resources and bring informal science to the community.
The original Celebra la Ciencia program was funded by the Self Reliance Foundation and was continued through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many of the Celebra la Ciencia coalition members are a part of the Museum’s current bilingual collaborative program, Community Science Connections.
Community Science Connections further expands upon the Museum’s commitment to community collaboration and fostering informal, hands-on family science education. This program brings together five museum-library teams to engage families in informal science while working in partnership with other community organizations, including ENLACE New Mexico.
The goals of Community Science Connections are to develop and expand community partnerships, engage families in hands-on science and introduce community resources through events at libraries and science education institutions throughout Albuquerque and greater New Mexico.
These family-centered events are organized and offered by different partner sites throughout the year. Partners include:
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries
ENLACE New Mexico
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico State Library
Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Community Science Connections is funded by IMLS (Institute of Museum & Library Services) and managed by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.