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New Mexico State University

SC2: Scientifically Connected CommunitiesInspiring the next generation of scientists!

Susan Brown, Hernan Miranda, College of Education


Girls learning science
Critical Thinking
Students develop critical thinking skills through inquiry-based science.

To provide professional development and support for K-12 educators to effectively implement standards-based educational strategies that promotes achievement, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and participation in Science for ALL students.


Focusing on public elementary, middle and high schools in New Mexico that primarily serve minorities and students underrepresented in the science fields, the goals of Scientifically Connected Communities (SC2) are to:

  • Provide professional development for the teachers that emphasizes inquiry based teaching strategies and pedagogy that promote science learning for all of the students.
  • Coordinate with the Mathematically Connected Communities program in order to integrate math and science and the skills that the teachers have gained from MC2.
  • Use the student standardized science scores to align with the science curriculum offered at each grade level with appropriate assessments.
  • Provide systemic horizontal and vertical science curriculum alignment with the New Mexico science standards.