1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative agreement is to develop science education curricula and outreach programs for K-12 students, teachers, and the general public in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico Border Region.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The Jornada Experimental Range has worked closely with the Asombro Institute for Science Education (formerly the Chihuhuan Desert Nature Park) since 1997 to develop science-based education materials and technology transfer programs for over 50,000 students, teachers, and adults in this region. This agreement will continue their activities and facilitate grant activities the Asombro Institute.
The JER staff provided more than 300 hours of time supporting K-12 educational programs organized by the Asombro Institute during the 2009 reporting period. Science programs developed and presented through the Asombro Institute reached over 15,000 students, teachers, and adults in the 2008-2009 academic year. The land conveyance from the ARS to the Asombro Institute authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill has been completed as a Quit Claim Deed, as of August 2009 filing. Asombro Institute personnel and ARS unit personnel communicated on a regular basis relative to education and outreach programs through telephone communication, e-mail correspondence, and face-to-face meetings.