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Heinrich, NSF Director Push Science Programs In Española

Ed Williams
National Science Foundation director France Córdova pilots a robot built by students at the YMCA Teen Center's robotics club"

Española’s youth science and tech programs had two big-league visitors Monday—National Science Director France Córdova and Senator Martin Heinrich.

Española has one of the highest poverty rates in the state, but it’s also got some strong science, technology, engineering and math programs—also called STEM. There’s a robotics club that Senator Martin Heinrich says could help fill a looming workforce shortage at Los Alamos National Laboratories. 

“Half the workforce in Los Alamos is going to turn over in the next few years,” Senator Heinrich said. “Actually, at a time in our country when it’s been hard to place people in jobs in the workforce, STEM jobs have sat open for months at a time because we don’t have enough people coming through the pipeline.”

Heinrich and Córdova are pushing for more National Science Foundation and STEM funding that couldboost tech programs for low-income students in New Mexico. That could be difficult, though, since the senate that has been reluctant to raise science funding. 

Ed Williams came to KUNM in 2014 by way of Carbondale, Colorado, where he worked as a public radio reporter covering environmental issues. Originally from Austin, Texas, Ed has reported on environmental, social justice, immigration and Native American issues in the U.S. and Latin America for the Austin American-Statesman, Z Magazine, NPR’s Latino USA and others. In his spare time, look for Ed riding his mountain bike in the Sandias or sparring on the jiu-jitsu mat.
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