One of the goals of the center is to attract a more diverse student base into STEM disciplines, especially those from Hispanic and Native American communities. The NSF-CREST grant goes a long way towards meeting this goal. The center performs a variety of outreach and education activities to encuorage K-12 students to consider STEM disciplines, such as:
- The development and delivery of demonstrations that are transported in a trailer which allow students to understand and experience water-related research in a hands-on way.
- The development and offering of a dual-enrollment course in sustainability and water engineering, which is offered to Albuquerque high school students, allowing them to receive both high school and college credit for the completion of the course.
- Support of retention programs for students, such as mentoring, tutoring, advising, involvement in student organizations, participation in conferences and research, contests and competitions, and internships.