A student ponders an interactive display during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy/Enterprise Bank
An EJ Martinez Elementary School student and teacher discuss a display during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Courtesy/Enterprise Bank
An EJ Martinez Elementary School student and teacher notice compelling things even hanging from the ceiling at the Bradbury Science Museum during a field trip sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Courtesy/Enterprise Bank
Enterprise Bank & Trust and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) are in the fourth year of a partnership to provide bus transportation for students attending Title 1 schools in northern New Mexico, to visit the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.
This partnership effort, in collaboration with the Bradbury Science Museum Educators, had arranged for 32 schools, representing more than 1,500 students, to visit the museum between January and May 2020.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and school closures across the state in March, the final field trip was held March 11.
Between Jan. 22 and March 11, Enterprise Bank provided bus transportation for 625 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. Enterprise Bank also will sponsor the remaining field trips, which will be rescheduled.
“Our four-year adventure with the BSMA has resulted in thousands of students engaging in fun-filled, hands-on projects that ignite continued interest in STEM and our history,” said Liddie Martinez, president-Los Alamos Region & Director of Community Engagement for Enterprise Bank. “We look forward to our program’s re-start date and our continued adventures. Enterprise Bank & Trust is honored to sponsor this outstanding program.”
The BSMA thanks Enterprise Bank & Trust for this successful partnership, and along with suspending the field trips, other BSMA events also are suspended in compliance with the social-distancing guidelines in effect until further notice.
“While the field trip season was cut short this spring due to COVID-19, the BSMA/Enterprise Bank & Trust partnership was able to bring over 600 students through the science museum in February and March,” BSMA President Ryn Herrmann said. “Thank you to Enterprise Bank & Trust for their continued sponsorship of the field trip bus transportation program. With their generous funding, these students from all around northern New Mexico got to experience hands-on science that we hope will inspire a lifetime of learning. We look forward to continuing this program and welcoming students back to the Bradbury soon.”
Thanks to the Bradbury Science Museum Educators, the 625 students who did visit the museum, participated projects with themes ranging from engineering to history based on the age group.
These projects included:
- Building a tower out of 50 3×5 cards that can support the weight of a particular stuffed animal;
- Designing wind turbine blades that are tested on a miniature wind turbine;
- Designing a speaker that is as loud as possible;
- Designing a structure that will survive an earthquake;
- Watching the movie “Racing Towards Dawn” and then doing a series of activities using the same communication technics used during WWII; and
- And playing “Battleship” using Morse Code on two telegraph stations that are hooked together.
About the Bradbury Science Museum Association:
The BSMA is the 501(c)3 non-profit partner to the Bradbury Science Museum with the mission of promoting STEM education opportunities for people of all ages; and providing field trips for low-income students throughout northern New Mexico is one example of the BSMA’s STEM education outreach efforts. To learn more about the BSMA, visit www.bradburyassociation.org.
A student listens closely during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Courtesy/Enterprise Bank
Students from EJ Martinez examine a display during field trip to Bradbury Museum sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Courtesy/Enterprise Bank
A student listens to an interactive display during an Enterprise Bank sponsored field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy Enterprise Bank
Students listen to types of communication techniques used during WWII, during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Courtesy Enterprise Bank