It IS rocket science!

Our History

It all started with an idea. In 1994, Paul Brewer was the director at the Sandia Operation Center in Carlsbad, a multiprogram engineering and science laboratory. That year, he hatched a plan to provide age-appropriate science kits to classrooms in the Carlsbad area as a way of supporting elementary school teachers and enriching science education in the classroom. The idea was a hit; 11 school districts hopped on board, and SNMERC was born.

Today, member districts pay dues to help with operating expenses while SNMERC revises curriculum, assembles and refurbishes the materials, and manages delivery of the science kits to each school.

We value our relationship with every one of our member districts. To foster this relationship, we sponsor an annual professional development conference for administrators where speakers address key educational issues. Our goal is to support elementary science education in a motivational, engaging, and hands-on way. We hope to provide educators with the tools they need to cultivate that sense of wonder and natural curiosity every child possesses. Together, we are educating the next generation of scientists in the southeastern New Mexico public school system, and we look forward to doing so for years to come!