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About Us


Started and run by high schoolers, EFFECTS seeks to make New Mexicans classrooms' STEAM experiences more enjoyable by providing entertaining experiments. Many kids lack the opportunity to love STEAM because injustice and inequality in the distribution of education. In Albuquerque, there are many schools that receive a designation known as Title 1. The APS website says "Schools must be identified at 50% or higher economically disadvantaged in order to receive Title 1 funds". We applaud APS for all steps taken to ensure equity for the children of our city. Unfortunately, inequality still runs rampant in our elementary schools where many have had to cut STEAM programs because of a lack of funds. What they can benefit from is not lectures and worksheets, but rather demonstrations and discussions of applications to the real world. We're not here to teach: teachers do that and they have done an excellent job of that. Our job is just to get New Mexican children excited about learning STEAM. High school students from across Albuquerque are committed to sharing their love for STEAM through fun experiments and demonstrations.


Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire a passion for STEAM in underserved schools in New Mexico through inquiry-based learning and enjoyable demonstrations.

Our Team

Our EFFECTS team currently is composed of about 40 highschool volunteers all with the like minded vision of encouring the STEAM field in elementary students.


Our Directors work closely with the rest of the EFFECTS teams helping form a colabrative enviroment and community.


Our Coordinators reach out and form a connection with out paired schools, organizing events and meetups.

Course Managers

Our Course Managers carefully curiate an interactive and exciting curriculum for elemantary students.


Our Volunteers work with paired schools teaching and exciting students about STEAM.

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Sydney Marks

Sydney is a senior at Albuquerque Academy who has an interest in music, math, and science. She is part of the Student Diversity Leadership club, Hispanic Student Association, volleyball, track, as well as several different guitar groups. In her spare time Sydney can be found playing guitar or with her friends. Sydney hopes to help more children feel excited about all scientific topics and push them to continue their educational journeys.

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Bryce Wachs
Associate Director

Bryce, a junior at Albuqurque Academy, has immense interest in engineering. As part of Science Olympiad Bryce spends his time overcoming various mechanical engineering challenges. Outside of school, Bryce partakes in fencing, DnD, and other various strategy games. Bryce hopes to spark young students' interest in engineering and to encourage them to find scientific opportunities in the world around them.


Course Managers


Our Paired Schools

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