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What is Engineering the Future?

Beginning in 2018, Albuquerque Public Schools began offering the first ever STEM pathway for students. Garfield STEM Magnet is proud to be the bridge between Mission Avenue Elementary School and Valley High School along this unique pathway. Our free and public Magnet program offers exploration in all subjects through a technology and engineering lens.

Specifically, all classrooms utilize project-based learning (PBL), foster thinking and learning characteristics we call the Habits of Mind (HOM),and develop systems thinking through the Design Process. This style of learning creates more opportunities for students to demonstrate problem-solving skills, creativity, and inventiveness in a student-centered learning environment; in essence: "Making Things That Work, and Making Things Work Better."

Our Engineering the Future program is made possible by a grant from the Department of Education. The pathway utilizes Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in which all students participate in at least one semester per year with a renowned learning program focused on computer science and engineering.

We value diversity:

All students can apply regardless of attendance zone with a district approved transfer. For more information contact Garfield Administration or the Office of Innovation at

Garfield is a diverse community where all learners should feel comfortable and safe. Garfield's community benefits from a diverse student body coming from all backgrounds and cultures.

Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.

Isaac Asimov, American writer, professor of biochemistry