what we do

SFSI’s 10 highly qualified educators lead monthly Saturday Science Workshops, teach the annual Summer Science Week and offer one-on-one mentoring for teachers. In addition, our comprehensive resource library provides educators with classroom materials and nationally-recognized science kits.

Summer Science 2017

This year, our Summer Institute was designed to help teachers gain a fundamental understanding of inquiry-based science teaching and learning.  In this workshop, teachers engaged in their own science inquiry around a question about force and motion. From this firsthand experience, teachers were better able to understand the many benefits of this student-centered approach to learning science. Teachers were then able to identify a structure for planning science inquiry and learned how to make subtle shifts in their teaching as they move towards implementing science inquiry in their classrooms.

See Photos of Summer Science 2017 »

Susan McIntosh on KSFR

Listen to Susan McIntosh speak to the importance of science education to KSFR at the March for Science on April 22, 2017. Listen to the podcast >

Saturday Science Workshops 2016-2017

Saturday mornings throughout the school year for teachers

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Potential Energy

Science Fair Prep

SFSI staff will help support teachers at a Parent Evening to discuss appropriate projects for science fairs with a complete guide to Science Fair project development. Handouts need to be copied at host school.

SFSI staff will assist classroom teachers as they work with students to format questions that are appropriate for a measurable science fair project. Handouts need to be copied at host school.

Circle of Inquiry

Science Cafes for Young Thinkers in partnership with the Santa Fe Alliance for Science

Science Cafés for Young Thinkers is an engaging lecture series given by scientists and authors on contemporary science investigations and discoveries. Admission is Free. Youth (ages 13-19) seating a priority. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Science Cafes >

Sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, Santa Fe Science Initiative, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Santa Fe Public Schools.


Santa Fe Science Initiative Programs by Request

Classroom mentor support:

  • Requests for classroom mentor support are available upon request and sufficient funding

Family Science Night:

  • Program /materials for two elementary classrooms and their parents – approximately 30 children, grades K-6
  • Come share the excitement of hands-on science with your students and their families
  • SFSI brings the kits, helps set up
  • Teachers and SFSI staff facilitate numerous hands on experiences
  • Take-away handouts with classroom extensions and home activities/websites with more
  • SFSI staff will assist in set-up and clean-up and support classroom teachers at event

**Cost: $450

** Funding for Family Science Nights is possible with a LANL Small Grant or Dollars4Schools grant. Please contact www.lanlfoundation.org, www.dollars4schools.org or susan@sfscience.org