​Our Story

Project GUTS began in January 2007 as 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, Santa Fe science-related businesses and informal science centers. Initially Project GUTS was a youth-serving program that hoped to engage 200 middle school students and 40 school day teachers a year. Project GUTS grew and learned to support a community of teachers within New Mexico before reaching a national audience through a partnership with in 2014. Project GUTS is now used by an international network of teachers who have learned to teach the GUTS way through our online course developed with funding from Google. In 2016, Project GUTS moved to its new home at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Scheller Teacher Education Program / Education Arcade.

Who is Who

Program Director: Irene Lee

Irene Lee is the Project GUTS’ Principal Investigator and Program Director. In this position, she plays many roles; she organizes Project GUTS workshops, develops the curriculum, manages the program, conducts on the research component of Project GUTS, and shares our findings with the community and funding institutions. Irene served as the Chair of the CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force and Professional Development Committee, and is a member of the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards writing team and the K12 CS Framework writing team.

Curriculum Developers: Susan Gibbs
Graphic Designer: Maria Levy
Guide Developer: Wendy Huang

Veteran Project GUTS Facilitators:
Sheryl Arriola
Josh Bearman
Kris Beck
Steven Boyd
Jennifer Cordova
Irene Fong
Susan Gibbs
Melody Hagaman
Miriam Niebla
Paige Prescott
Natalie Rhodes
Kerrie Rovito
Miguel Santana
Bryan Wallace

Project GUTS
Facilitators: (NM)
Virginia Elkhader
Steven Kaestner
Levon Lytle
Julia Morey DiRuggiero
Jeri Lyn Salazar

Our Supporters:
Project GUTS thanks its sponsors for supporting our work.
National Science Foundation
Bengier Foundation
Google RISE
Google CS4HS
New Mexico EPSCoR
Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation
Lockheed Martin / Sandia Foundation
Afterschool Alliance
NM Public Education Department
Los Alamos National Bank

Our Partners:
Project GUTS thanks its partners for bringing new opportunities for our youth
Afterschool Alliance
Albuquerque Public Schools
CSforAll Consortium
Education Development Center
Supercomputing Challenge
Santa Fe Public Schools
Santa Fe Alliance for Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scheller Teacher Education Program
New Mexico State University
New Mexico Tech
University of New Mexico, Department of Computer Science
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory
Santa Fe Science Initiative
Inquiry Facilitators
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
Redfish Group
Santa Fe Public Library
NM Public Education Department, Math and Science Bureau
International Society for Technology in Education
Northern New Mexico Network
NM Network for Women in Science and Engineering
Computer Science Teachers Association
Bradbury Science Museum
Shodor Education Foundation