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 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Pittsburgh, PA
May 10-15, 2015

New Mexico Tech
City of Socorro
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New Mexico Science and

Engineering Fair

March 27-28, 2015

New Mexico Tech Campus

Socorro, NM

 

 

The first New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF) was held in 1952 at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM, three years after the first National Science Fair was organized by Science Service.  In 2008 Science Service changed it's name to Society for Science & the Public (SSP)

NMSEF accepts the top exhibits from the six regional science fairs in the state.  It is held each April, occasionally late March, on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro.   Its objectives are to recognize and reward excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering projects carried out by junior high and high school students from throughout the state.   Winners at the state level compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in a major city every May.  The site for the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is Pittsburgh, PA, May 10-15, 2015.

Science and Engineering Fair programs in New Mexico encourage inquisitive students to explore their environment in a systematic, logical manner.  Participation in science fair stimulates students interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of the life skills of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking. Recognition of students for their contributions of knowledge and hard work in science fair contributes to the enthusiasm and excitement that develops as students involve themselves in their projects.

Science Fair programs also challenge science educators to explain their own fields of expertise so as to advise students appropriately. In addition, the successful development and implementation of science fairs is enhanced by strong community/institution relationships. The acquisition of financial support, judges, and other volunteer help is dependent upon various community entities.

NMSEF is a non-profit program supported by the State of New Mexico and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, an equal opportunity institution. The Fair is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association and is bound by the rules governing that organization.  Financial support for the Fair comes from the State of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, donations from a number of foundations, corporate and individual donors as well as registration fees.