Project GUTS—“Growing Up Thinking Scientifically”—is a summer and after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) project for middle school students throughout New Mexico.
Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and ask questions, develop answers to the questions through scientific inquiry, and design solutions to their problems.
Project GUTS is for students students entering 7th and 8th grade from all different backgrounds and interests who want to engage in scientific inquiry by investigating topics of interest to their local communities. The program is free to students, but enrollment is limited. During the 2010-2011 school year Project GUTS clubs will meet at selected schools in Albuquerque, Artesia, Deming, Edgewood, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Socorro.
Project GUTS is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, the Santa Fe Public School district, Santa Fe independent schools, science-related local businesses, and local informal science centers. Project GUTS is hosted by the Santa Fe Institute and is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bengier Foundation, the Los Alamos National Bank, Lockheed-Martin Foundation, the New Mexico Public Education Department Math and Science Bureau, New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM-EPSCoR), the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, and by private donors.