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Programs

Driver's Ed New Mexico

Our course is built from the New Mexico Department of Transportation driver education curriculum and standards for high school students. Students progress through the course over four units. We crafted activities to provide students with learning resources to become more aware drivers. Each unit gatekeeper is a 20 question Interim Assessment. These exams allow students to practice similar questions they will face on the MVD written exam and show what they know about driving knowledge. A parent driving guide is built into the referral card process so practice driving has a focus and an outline for the 40 required hours of home instruction.

Course review results in better course design, which makes navigation easier for students, reduces barriers to student achievement, and results in better outcomes. Drivers Education NM re-certified with Quality Matters in 2019. In order to meet Quality Matters review expectations using the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric, a course must meet each of the 27 essential standards (standards valued at 3 points). In addition, the course must receive a minimum of 88 (out of 104) points. Courses that successfully meet QM standards are eligible to carry the certification mark. Our course was the first K-12 entity to have an approved course under their new rubric and will now become the model course to which all courses are compared to and that any user in QM that is K-12 is trained with. 

Schools can enroll students at any time. The cost is $225 per student, and students must be 15 years old or will turn 15 within two weeks of starting the course. For more information regarding Driver's Ed New Mexico, please contact Naira Steanes or by calling (575) 748-6100.

We look forward to partnering with you to meet the needs of your school and students.

SystemsGo New Mexico

SystemsGo New Mexico is a four-year, sequenced, STEM curricula that meets Career and Tech Ed (CTE) course TEKS and HB-5 requirements and receives CTE funding. Curricula covers introductions to the R&D industry and innovation; mechanical drafting/CAD for working drawings capture; and applied physics of main energy systems - mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid - through design, build, and test projects. 

For more information please visit the SystemsGo website.

    Students Present Rocket Flight Profile

    When was the last time you attended a class where the students, teachers, and administrators were this interested at 7:30 at night? Our Aerospace Engineering II students, along with students from Lake Arthur and Loving, presented their flight profile for a rocket that they are designing that will go the speed of sound. The students created the flight profile entirely in Excel and presented the profile to a panel of engineers. The panel included David Roybal, civil engineer from Pettigrew; Marc Lumeyer, electrical engineer from Virgin Galactic; and led by Chris Madsen, aerospace engineer from NASA.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Dodson, Lovington Systems, Go NM

      SystemsGo New Mexico Inaugural Rocket Launch Success

      View more photos about the rocket launchThe SystemsGo New Mexico inaugural rocket launch was a huge success. Nearly 600 spectators came out to the Jal launch site to take part in the program’s first launch and to support the students that engineered the rockets.  

      Ten rockets checked in and nine cleared safety regulations at stage two. All nine rockets made it down to the Discovery Education launch pad, and all nine rockets took flight. Jal’s high school team was the first to launch their rocket. The excitement from the kids and the crowd was unexplainable.  

      Together teachers, students, principals, and superintendents shared in the enjoyment and success of seeing their school’s rocket fly high into the air.  

      Next year’s launch date is set to be on April 21, 2018. 

      If you are interested in bringing this program to your school please contact Dave Willden at (575) 748-6100. 

      Mission Statement 

      “To enhance education for better workforce development; and to ignite tomorrow’s innovators while developing the most valued engineering and manufacturing workforce to compete in the global market.”  

      Program Intent 

      Improve education in America by inspiring students, teachers, and administrators within the present educational system. Motivate and equip high school students to develop 21st century skills and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

      Program Description 

      A four-year, sequenced, STEM curricula that meets Career and Tech Ed (CTE) course TEKS and HB-5 requirements and receives CTE funding. Curricula covers introductions to the R&D industry and innovation; mechanical drafting/CAD for working drawings capture; and applied physics of main energy systems - mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid - through design, build, and test projects. 

      Educational Approach 

      • Learning primarily through application, not memorization. 
      • Project-based teaching that engages all types of learners. 
      • The possibility of project failure, and its analysis if it occurs, is part of the learning experience.
      • Life skill development in problem-solving, critical thinking, cognitive reasoning, project management, team work, leadership, and R&D skills and innovation are incorporated.

      Aerospace Career Fair Expo 2016

      On October 6, 2016, at the Holloman Air Force Base, SystemsGo New Mexico participated in the 2016 Aerospace Career Fair Expo put on by the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association. The career fair hosted middle school and high school students from the Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Cloudcroft areas. Congressman Steve Pearce spoke at the beginning of the career fair encouraging students to go into the professions of aviation and aerospace.