NM MESA STEAM Extravaganza

New Mexico MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) is a pre-college program designed to prepare students for careers in math, engineering, science, technology, and related fields. The programs typically target middle- and high-school students throughout the state. Supported activities range from field trips, guest speakers, workshops, academic competitions, volunteer services, and leadership development projects. The mission? “Empower and motivate New Mexico’s culturally diverse students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment.” For more information about this wonderful program, please peruse the MESA website.

The First Annual NM MESA STEAM Extravaganza—created to recognize and award outstanding MESA programs in high schools throughout the state—took place on February 27, 2018. Schools were selected based on a comprehensive evaluation done by the NM MESA Staff and their MIMS database. More than 450 NM MESA students participated in this all-day series of STEM activities supported by local community partners, volunteers, and sponsors throughout the City of Albuquerque. Our team at UNM Orthopaedics was honored to be among the group!

Our university’s Office of Diversity invited Dr. Christina Salas to participate in the program. Dr. Salas and our research team led an all-day activity for about 100 students from Goddard High School (Roswell) and West Las Vegas High School (Las Vegas). Dr. Salas began each activity with a brief introduction into orthopaedics and engineering. Students then transitioned into the hands-on workshop on intramedullary nailing—using drills, saws, screws, wooden dowels, and screw drivers to create and repair actual fractures in synthetic femur bones. Each group’s repaired bone was placed in our custom-made bone-crushing machine to test the strength of their repair. The winning group’s bone withstood a whopping 203.80 pounds!

See more pictures below for a glimpse into a fantastic day of engineering and orthopaedics—for which the students became the doctor and the engineer!

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

MSC10 5600
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-272-2231 (clinic hotline) 505-272-4107 (academic office)
Fax: 505-272-8098