Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring engaging hands-on STEAM education to the Border Region!
Our Story: Insights El Paso Science Center was founded in 1979 to offer interactive science education experiences to the Border Region. Insights operated in downtown El Paso until being demolished to make way for a baseball stadium. Exhibits were stored in an unused school in the Segundo Barrio, the Alamo School, and gradually were rebuilt into a museum format. Before opening to the public in Alamo School in October of 2015, Insights launched a dinosaur themed pop-up museum exhibit in Bassett Mall. Running a museum in the Alamo School posed multiple operational challenges. Following many stakeholder meetings, Insights board made the decision to pivot to a 100% mobile outreach model, with a focus on meeting the public where they are.
What has Insights been doing as a mobile museum? In science centers, at schools, on trails, at parks under tents, and in your homes - Insights has been providing hand-on STEAM education in the Border Region for over 40 years. During the past three years, we have provided educational programs to over 12,721 people via new programs:
- Launched the Insights at Home Activity Kit program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute free hands-on STEAM kits at the Kelly Center for Hunger Relief.
- Provided STEAM activity kits and a guided online workshop for the students and families for the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center.
- Collaborated with UTEP’s Geology Department to provide outreach educational programming for the NSF-funded Critical Zone Dryland Ecology program with $237,497 in allocated funding for Insights’ programs over a four-year period.
- Over 1,784 participants, 30 educational organizations, and 150 volunteers celebrated space adventure during Insights’ 2nd annual, week-long Space Festival in 2019.
- Launched an environmental leadership initiative in area high schools in collaboration with multiple local environmental education organizations with a $100,000 EPA grant.
- Provided Computer Science after school programs across multiple campuses during the 2018 and 2019 school years.
- Over 2,850 students and families have taken a guided DinoTracks hiking tour of Insights’ 211-acre dinosaur trackways site, learning about the geology, paleontology, environmental, cultural and historic features of the site.
- In the summers of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Insights has provided 13 total weeks of STEAM summer camp programming for over 410 students.
- Partnered with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to launch a monthly adult education series, Nerd Nights, which has provided engaging evening learning opportunities to over 1,700 adults.
- Over 6,200 individuals have interacted with hands-on science at Insights’ Pop-Up Museum at community venues.
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