Dozens of New Mexico high school students from five towns and cities experienced science disciplines firsthand at a national wildlife refuge, thanks to a partnership between Highlands University and the Denver Zoo.
The STEM Showdown event took place at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge last month, a 4,224-acre property on the Mora River 30 minutes north of Highlands main campus in Las Vegas, N.M. The Denver Zoo co-manages the refuge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Speaking to scientists in this setting allowed students to learn that scientists are ordinary people who overcame their own challenges to do what they love,” said Edward Martínez, Highlands vice president of strategic enrollment management. “Students had the opportunity to learn about the many options available in science careers.”