You can find a wide range of youth classes at Cruces Creatives, and many of the classes are free thanks to generous donations by community members and through grants from the New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center, the American Rescue Plan Act, the Electric Company Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the El Paso Community Foundation, and The Stocker Foundation.
Class information can be found on the events calendar, with youth programs highlighted in orange.
Events at the Makerspace
At Cruces Creatives's main facility, you can find frequent educational events for kids across a wide range of activities, including robotics coding, sewing, electronics, hydraulics, computer-aided design, digital manufacturing, audio recording, and more. To learn more about youth-oriented programs at Cruces Creatives, check out the events calendar and subscribe to our newsletter, which includes information about upcoming classes. For any other questions, please send an email to STEAM@crucescreatives.org. You can also call or text our Youth Programming team at (575) 489-6450.
STEAMM Team Classes
Thanks to Federal 21st Century Learning funds, administered through the New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center, Cruces Creatives is able to offer free programming for project-based learning across science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and making (STEAMM). These classes are available both at Cruces Creatives (especially through camps over spring, summer, and fall breaks) and at multiple 21st Century elementary schools.
For camp options, visit the events calendar in the weeks before school breaks. If you work at a 21st century school and are interested in having Cruces Creatives run after-school programming through the 21st Century program, please reach out to Sandy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (575) 489-6450.
CommunityShare Las Cruces
CommunityShare Las Cruces enhances education in the greater Las Cruces area by connecting teachers with community partners, mini-grants for classroom projects, and access to the wide range of tools available through Cruces Creatives makerspace. The mission of the program is to improve life and educational outcomes for students in the greater Las Cruces area by involving the community in education to
Are you a teacher interested in applying for a mini-grant? Click the mini-grant link below, or contact the CommunityShare Las Cruces coordinators:
Homeschool classes, including opportunities for Lego engineers and space exploration enthusiasts, are currently offered on an ongoing basis at Cruces Creatives.
If you are interested in joining a homeschool class, visit the events calendar. We also welcome ideas for new classes, so if you have proposals for new homeschool programs, please contact our resident home school instructor:
Julie Larivière-Lacombe -
We are always looking to start new programs. Please give your input on upcoming homeschool classes by clicking the link below.
The Hazlo (“Make It / Do It”) Program at Cruces Creatives connects K-12 students in Doña Ana County with mentors, funding, and makerspace tools to complete projects that students propose.
Students benefit from working on self-selected projects with mentor support. Choosing a project they are interested in motivates them to develop necessary life and academic skills. One-on-one guidance from mentors provides tailored instruction and the opportunity to build positive relationships with supportive role models.
To maintain a safe environment for students and mentors, projects are exclusively conducted at public and supervised locations, usually at the student's school or at Cruces Creatives. Additionally, all mentors are required to undergo a background check, paid for by Cruces Creatives.