Big Sky Build It! Takes Time Out to Reinvent Itself

Big Sky Build It! hosted its first summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program in 1996.  Between 1996 and 2017 Big Sky led over 20,000 students through its unique build-it-from-scratch technology projects and interactive science lectures.  More than 800 of these participants grew from camper to mentor, leading the next generation of Big Sky builders through progressively more technical and creative projects.  Over one hundred district teachers from Santa Fe and Los Alamos served as Lead Teachers in Big Sky Build It! workshops.

Small groups of seasoned campers worked throughout the year  to develop the dozens of electronic, mechanical, and pneumatic projects taught each summer.  During  its peak season, Big Sky Build It! hosted  at least  600 campers  who built more than 1,000 projects at Santa Fe and Los Alamos camp locations.  Our projects inventory that year contained nearly one million parts.

In 2008 Big Sky Learning began development of a software-based educational platform to make classroom STEM instruction easier for teachers and students.  The Big Learning Machine, Big Sky's online educational platform, leads students through complex tool and material processes.  See

Two years ago,  Big Sky Build It! began its formal transition from day camp provider to STEM content provider.  That was necessary to bring Big Sky HIHOPE (high interest, hands-on, project education) to more New Mexico learners.  By focusing on kits and online instructions, Big Sky empowers other NM STEM organizations to scale and sustain their educational programs.

Now, after 21 years of summer camps, we will suspend the 2018 season. It’s a bittersweet decision, but necessary to take Big Sky Learning to a new level in order to bring more STEM to more kids in our beautiful state.

Michael Sheppard - founder/director Big Sky Learning






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