ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Explora Science Center staff and Albuquerque city officials participated in a groundbreaking event for the center’s new teen center X Studio on Wednesday, July 8. Executive Director of Explora Science Center, Joe Hastings described the studio as a space where teens can explore STEAM activities and discover pathways to jobs.

“The best jobs might feel hard to get for some of New Mexico’s youth but at X Studio, the right tools, technologies, experiences, and mentors help open doors to a future only our teens can imagine and only they can create,” said Hastings. The studio will be developed in partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the state of New Mexico and individual corporations and foundations.

According to Studio Southwest Architects, Explora’s X Studio will be an 8,000-square foot development center that is expected to be completed in 2021. Explora and the city will receive capital outlay funds from the New Mexico state legislature to develop the studio.

Currently, Explora is providing limited in-person and virtual summer programming due to COVID-19.