SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Public Education (NMPED) announces the launch of New Mexico Family and Community Engagement Solutions (NM FaCES), a new program that aims to ensure a smooth deployment of broadband throughout the state.
Over the next two years, NM FaCES will prepare community members to benefit from the arrival of broadband in their area and position them for stable, well-paying jobs. NM FaCES will enable communities to engage in digital storytelling and support the development of five internet-based vocational training centers.
The program, which will use StoryMaps, allows communities to combine video, audio, images and text to share stories unique to their cultures and history. NM FaCES will help families become digital storytellers for their own communities.
New program builds on PED’s response to Martinez-Yazzie Tech Order to ensure all students have internet connections, computers and support to fully participate in home-based learning and job training .
NM FaCES will begin with a public screening of virtual and immersive 3D space messengers installation created in part by Taos students. The exhibition is presented by STEMarts, a Taos-based non-profit organization that seeks to empower young people through art, science and technology, as part of the 2022 Ciéncia International Festival in Portugal.
The collaborative installation combines the work of students, artists and scientists from around the world and will showcase the creative power of broadband. Community members experienced the festival virtually 14 days at the UNM-Taos Hub of Vocational Training and Education on the Internet (HIVE).
“Through interactive projections, virtual reality and spatial messages, we share the importance of artistic, scientific and humanistic literacy, expand our identity as planetary citizens and imagine a peaceful and sustainable interplanetary future,” said Agnes Chavez, founder of STEMarts Lab.
Free workshops to show how students and their families can take advantage of new broadband opportunities will be available through the end of November. For more information, visit the NM FaCES StoryMap at https://bit.ly/NMFaCES