We work on a wide variety of public outreach sites, curriculum packages, data-driven websites, and sites documenting research findings. Recent topics include math and science education, food safety, early childhood education, natural resources conservation, horticulture, nutrition and obesity prevention.
Math Snacks are short animations and games designed to help learners "get it". Each snack presents a mathematical concept, particularly those addressed in grades 6, 7 and 8. Ideal for use in a classroom or on your own, they are accessible via the Web or iOS. Teacher and learner guides, relevant common core standards, and instruction videos showing Math Snacks being used in the classroom help teachers, parents, and students get the most out of these resources.
Learn more about Math Snacks.
Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
This mobile-accessible web database can help agricultural professionals, ranchers, and others on the Navajo Nation identify typical range plants, to help maximize rangeland ecology, productivity, and sustainability.
Plants are identified by Navajo name (written and spoken) and are searchable by plant type, common name, scientific name, flower color, habitat, growing season, or special concerns.
Visit the Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands.
Learn how to prepare vegetables and cook safely with your child. Kid Eats provides educational videos, healthy recipes, and a fun virtual kitchen experience on the iPad, suitable for youth in grades 3-6. Seven healthy recipes and supplemental materials, including videos of each recipe. The iPad app is available free at the iTunes Store.
Get cooking at Kid Eats.
Science of Agriculture
The Science of Agriculture project was created to fill the gaps in Animal Science, Soil and Environmental Science undergraduates' knowledge of key concepts in the classroom. The suite of tools includes short animations, interactives and live action videos that teach a range of mathematical, chemical, and soil concepts.
Check out Science of Agriculture.
Don't Wash Your Chicken!
Although raw chicken and turkey can carry bacteria on their surfaces, research has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink is a bad idea. This website includes fotonovelas, mini-dramas, recipes, and cooking videos to help spread the message. A short animation illuminates how poultry bacteria can contaminate kitchen surfaces and other foods.
Remember: Don't Wash Your Chicken!
Because I Care, I Wash My Hands
2009: Ideally suited to child care centers, this fun, hands-on curriculum, packed full of songs, activities and experiments, helps even very young children understand why and how hand washing helps keep friends and family healthy.
2011: New Mexico's gardens and landscapes can thrive anywhere, from our high snowy mountain peaks to our hot desert plains. Learn how to use resources wisely to create a garden or landscape environment suited to your needs.
Explore Desert Blooms.
Chinese Food Safety
2010: Chinese is the third most commonly spoken language in U.S. foodservice operations, following English and Spanish. In many areas of the U.S., food safety educators only speak English and so it is difficult for them to effectively train Chinese speaking foodservice workers. This website was designed to help food safety educators reach this important group Chinese-speaking foodservice workers.
The website contains six interactive activities and songs for foodservice workers plus presentations and teaching tools to prepare workers for certification exams. Available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese
Learn about Chinese Food Safety.
Eat Move Learn
2007: Eat, Move, Learn enabled teachers to explore this important issue while also addressing national academic standards for sixth grade science...all in a way that comes alive in the classroom. Eat, Move, Learn was organized around the idea that we must "balance" the energy we take in through our food and the energy we spend in physical activity. Eat, Move, Learn helped teachers and students analyze the problems of food and fitness, find promising solutions to energy imbalance, and designing a study to test their ideas.
Try Eat Move Learn.
Tasty Solutions for Diabetes
2006: Tasty Solutions for Diabetes provides information on eating and exercise that works for anyone who wants to live a healthier life - especially those who are struggling with their weight or at risk for heart disease.
The recipes featured in Tasty Solutions for Diabetes were created especially for people with diabetes but are healthy for anyone who wants to eat great-tasting, nutritious food. The 16 featured recipes are divided into sections on breakfast, lunch, dinner and entertaining. Each recipe includes the nutrient content of fat, carbohydrate and protein.
Go to Tasty Solutions.
Digital Desert Library
2004: A collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute, NMSU's College of Education and teachers across the nation, the Digital Desert Library was an online resource guide for everything dealing with deserts. Whether looking for activities for students, or trying to find information using the comprehensive search database, it was a rich resource for teachers.
Visit Digital Desert Library.
Forest Fire Defensible Zones
2002: What can citizens do to reduce the threat of wildfire destroying their homes? This website gave information about how to protect homes and families from wildfires.
See Defensible Zone.
Legacy Projects (No Longer Available)
Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine
2005: Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine was part of the three-part documentary series that explored how traditional plants are revolutionizing the future of science.
Part 1: Jordan: the Middle East
Part 2: The Borderlands: USA / Mexico
Part 3: Curacao: the Caribbean
View the videos for Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine
2011: Exergames are videogames that encourage physical activity. Here, you'll find the best and most effective exergames, as well as strategies and recommendations on using them with different audiences and in different locations.
Elk, Land and Knowledge
2004: This program was designed to enhance awareness of elk, of how they move about the landscape in time and space, and of how knowledge of elk biology can help us better understand how elk relate to human interests on the land.
2003: Invasive Weeds of the Southwest combined multi-disciplinary research and community outreach to evaluate and promote low-cost, community-based approaches to management of invasive plants.
Learn about Invasive Weeds.
Seeds of Change
2002: Seeds of Change was an initiative by the Smithsonian Institute to teach diversity and history by examining the evolution of agriculture and food throughout the world. By providing both educational activities and home projects, students learned about history, different cultures, and applications they could incorporate into everyday life.
Just for Kids
2002: Just for Kids was a collection of online 4-H web sites and activities.
2001: A statewide project to improve New Mexico Extension's capacity to work with at risk families and enhance community projects, CYFAR aimed at strengthening educational opportunities for child care providers and increasing parent education services.
In 2001, we produced an early version of this site, now hosted at the University of Minnesota. CYFERnet's Web site brought together the best, children, youth and family resources of public land-grant universities. Materials were carefully reviewed by college and university faculty.
Learn more at CYFERnet.
SPS Sanitary & Phytosanitary
2001: SPS Online was a system was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service as a resource for learning about Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, the SPS Agreement, and Risk Assessment with SPS.
Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities
2001: Typical rural residents drive 50 miles over narrow, country roads just to reach an interstate on-ramp. So it made sense for those in rural areas to adopt the Internet - today's electronic highway - to take them where they needed to go. Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities (T-ABCs) for Rural Americans introduced the Internet super highway into rural and minority communities, giving them access to new knowledge, enhanced lifestyles, better business practices, and greater prosperity.
Visit the T-ABCs Website.