Mexico Science and
April 1-2, 2016
New Mexico Tech Campus
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)
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
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
and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in a major city every May.
The site for the
International Science and Engineering Fair is
Phoenix, AZ, May 8-13, 2016.
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.
is a non-profit program supported by the State of New Mexico and New
of Mining and Technology,
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.