Astro-Engineering Camp
Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces
505 S. Main St. Suite 400
Las Cruces,  NM 88001
October 6, 2017​​
1st – 8th grade students
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration information here.


Step-by-Step Guide to Innovating at School & Work
by Susan Burns Chong

Our society needs innovators if we are to successfully face the challenges of today and tomorrow. This one-of-a-kind resource helps teens develop the skills of innovation, which will be in increasing demand in the 21st-century workplace. Drawing upon research and lessons from brain science, business, education, and consulting, the author gives young people access to key processes and habits of mind for solving problems and discovering new opportunities in the world around them. The efforts and accomplishments of some of todays most innovative teens and a number of great innovators in history are woven into the accessible and inspiring text.

savethe date

KTAL-LP 101.5 FM is having an open house to celebrate its launch from 3-7 pm Sunday, October 1, at the KTAL Studios, 121 Wyatt Drive.  Live music and refreshment.  Meet KTAL radio hosts, record a station ID and visit the control room to say hello on the air.  Join the contest to name the logo — a roadrunner with headphones.   The only rule is the name must be gender neutral.  Info:  On Facebook at Radio Que Tal or


Some Sources for Bursting the Filter Bubble!
News provider dedicated to providing multiple angles on the same story.

Escape Your Bubble
Upon downloading the Chrome extension, you are asked, “Who would you like to be more accepting of?” and given the option of seeing more positive Republican or Democratic information.

Read Across the Aisle
This app encourages users to read news from multiple sources in order to become better informed.

Online Resources for Fact-Checking

Associated Press Fact Check
American Press Institute

Summer Computer Camps

The Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program for young women in high schools runs from 12:30-4:00 PM Monday through Friday from June 5 through June 16.  Students will learn to explore computing skills and discover talents through an introduction to programing, computational thinking and new technologies.

Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is for all middle school students and runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 19-23.  Students in Project GUTS will learn computer programming basics, make computer models in StarLogo Nova, use the model to run simulations, and crate an interactive computer game.

CS Adventures Camp.  June 19 – 30, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, for 30 high school students.Join this fun and elite computer camp, and become a creator of new technologies and programming! Explore Raspberry Pi’s, Parallax Boebots, Arduino microprocessors, Smart Grid Technologies, and learn Python, C, and more. This camp provides a broad foundation for computer science, to empower our area high school students in CS and computational thinking.  Acceptance into this program will be based on answers provided on the application, the availability of the student applicant to participate in the full two weeks of the program, plus targeted regional, gender, and age distributions.

Applications are available online at



Let the Sun Charge Your Phone or Tablet for Free!

Seven Soofa® solar benches and tables were placed along Main Street in Downtown and they are now available for public use. They are a great place to plug in, hang out, and let the sun charge your phone or tablet. They will also help the City measure the Downtown’s growing popularity.

The Soofa® sensor platform measures pedestrian traffic in outdoor spaces. This data will help the City and businesses track how different amenities attract people and the times of day locations are busiest. The City will be able to correlate data with weather, marketing activities or special events.  Las Cruces is the first city in New Mexico with the sustainably-friendly innovation.