Mexico Science & Engineering Fair
Information for Students and
Photo from 2013 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair
Registration Deadline is
FIVE (5) business days
your Regional Fair.
Information for Students and their
sponsors who qualify to attend the New Mexico Science and Engineering
Fair (State Competition).
During the 2018 Science and
Engineering Fair there will be
NO team projects category.
Teams will compete in regular categories.
The 66th New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair will be held April 6-7, 2018 on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro. Exhibitors at
the State Science and Engineering Fair have qualified to attend through their
Regional Science Fair competition.
New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair receives a
copy of the your regional fair entry form, but we MUST also receive an official
state registration form.
You are required
to bring the same project to the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair. However, you may change the name of
your project, change categories, or change from a table to a floor exhibit (or
vice versa). In order to do this, you must indicate your changes during
The New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF) accepts the top
exhibits from the six regional science fairs in the state.
It is held each late March and early April on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and
Technology (NMIMT) in Socorro. Its
objectives are 1) to recognize and reward excellence in science, mathematics,
and engineering projects carried out by middle and high school students from
throughout the state and, 2) to
select the projects from the state to compete in the Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in May in a major city each year.
The 2018 Intel ISEF will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, May 13-18,2018.
The fair is divided into two
divisions. The Junior Division
includes students in grades six through nine. The
Senior Division includes students in grades nine through 12.
Ninth graders may choose either of the two divisions.
Each division is further divided into
Please make sure your exhibit is in the right category.
There must be at least six (6)
exhibits per category. The State
Science Fair personnel reserve the right to reassign exhibits as deemed
CHECK-IN AND SET UP
Check-In will take place from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, in
the lobby of the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center. You must check in your
exhibit before you will be allowed to set up. Exhibitors may not
check-in or set up exhibits on Saturday morning. No exceptions will be
unrestricted; vehicles may park in any parking lot on campus. Vehicles
MAY NOT pull into the area behind the Exhibit Hall (Gymnasium) at
registration fee is $30.00 per exhibitor. Included in your packet will
be a Participation Certificate, a Science Fair pin, and one Saturday lunch
fees for student exhibitors may be paid for in advance with a School Purchase Order. Schools may mail their Purchase Order to the
Science Fair office prior to the Science Fair or fax to (575) 835-5274.
Purchase orders must include student name(s), school name and
name(s) of sponsors.
Students please note: IF YOUR SCHOOL IS PAYING FOR YOUR REGISTRATION FEE, please do so in advance. Otherwise you will be charged for the payment during registration.
NEW--New Mexico Science
and Engineering Fair ACCEPTS credit card payments.
Additional lunch tickets may be purchased during lunch. Other meals are the responsibility of the
Once a Student
Exhibitor has checked in and received his/her registration packet, they
may take their project to the Gymnasium to set up. Junior Division
exhibits will be set up in the West Gymnasium, and Senior Division
exhibits in the East Gymnasium.
grounded electrical outlet will be available for each exhibitor who
requests one. Exhibitors should come prepared with tools and other equipment to
set up and repair their displays. These items will not be
supplied by Science Fair personnel.
exhibit is completely set up, it is your responsibility to find a
Project Checker to review and approve your display. Checkers will be
wearing orange vests. Your project will not be eligible for judging
unless the approval sticker is properly displayed. Nothing may be added
to the exhibit after it has been approved by the checker.
The Exhibit Hall will close at 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Plan
your set-up time accordingly.
Science and Engineering Fair and it's affiliates are not responsible for
lost, stolen, or damaged equipment or supplies to any project while on
display during the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair. This
includes set-up and tear-down times.
morning, from 7:45 to 8:00 a.m., the Exhibit Hall will be open to
exhibitors only to come in briefly to turn on displays, equipment, etc.
in preparation for judging. This time is to
be used for this purpose only, and cannot be used to complete your
exhibit set up.
All projects dealing with humans, non-human vertebrate animals,
pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA (rDNA) or human and
animal tissue must have the appropriate forms and certificates (protocols) on
file with the Science Fair office. These
forms must be signed and dated in accordance with ISEF regulations and your
regional fair's deadline. Your
regional fair will forward them to the State Science Fair Office, and they will
be reviewed by the State Fair Scientific Review Committee.
Exhibitors who fail to present the proper protocols will be
There are two types of awards presented at New Mexico Science and
Engineering Fair, special awards and category awards.
Special awards are
provided by industries, businesses, professional organizations, universities,
and the branches of the Armed Forces. They include plaques, cash awards, saving
bonds, merchandise, and scholarships.
Category awards include first, second and third place, and several honorable mentions in each
category. Junior Division, first
place winners receive cash awards.
the Senior Division, cash awards are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
In addition, Grand Award
Winners are selected for each of the two divisions.
In the Junior Division, there are two Grand Award winners, one in the
life sciences and one in the physical sciences.
These exhibitors receive cash awards and/or merchandise awards.
In the Senior Division, the top
two exhibitors in the life sciences and the top two exhibitors in the physical
sciences become ISEF qualifiers. Their
awards include all-expenses paid trips to for the students and their
sponsors to attend and exhibit at ISEF. Team projects are also
eligible to receive Grand Award status. Two additional Grand
Award winners are designated alternates to ISEF.
In the event that an ISEF qualifier is unable to attend the ISEF, the
Alternate would become an ISEF exhibitor. Even
if all the qualifiers go to ISEF, the State Science Fair will pay partial or
full expenses toward the trip to ISEF for alternates, enabling them to go as
student observers. Student
observers cannot exhibit their projects at the ISEF.
Two awards programs will be
held on Saturday evening in the Macey Center Theater.
Names of winners will not be available to exhibitors or the general
public until they are announced at the awards programs.
The awards program for the
Junior Division begins at 6:00 p.m. The
Senior Division program begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a presentation by the
winner of the Junior Academy of Science Scientific Paper Competition.
Open seating will begin 15 minutes prior the start of the Awards
Exhibit tear-down is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Student exhibitors must have their name tag to enter the Exhibit Hall to
tear down. Exhibits may not be
taken down before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, no exceptions!
exhibits and equipment remaining after 8:00 p.m. will be discarded.
Category award judges are drawn from the industrial,
professional, scientific, and engineering communities from around the state.
They are formed into committees, one for each category in each division.
Each committee is responsible for determining the winners in that
award judges are usually selected by the sponsoring organization. Not all projects may be judged. Sponsoring organizations limit their judging topics to their particular interests. All students MUST be in attendance.
Overall, judges look for well
thought-out research. They look at
how significant the project is in its field, as well as how thorough the student
was. Was something left out?
Did the student start with four experiments and finish only three?
In particular, judges evaluate (1) how well a student followed the
scientific method; (2) the detail and accuracy of the research notebook; and (3)
if tools/equipment were used in the best possible way.
Judges applaud those students
who can speak freely and confidently about their research.
They are not interested in memorized speeches—they simply want to talk
with the student about the research to see if the student has a good grasp of
the project from start to finish. Besides
asking the obvious questions, judges often ask questions outside the normal
scope to test insight into the research such as "What didn't you do?"
and "What would be your next step?"
Judging begins at 8:00 a.m. on
Saturday without the exhibitors at their exhibits.
Each exhibit is judged initially by three category award judges.
After the scores for the three judges are combined, the judging committee
meets and reviews the exhibits and their scores.
Special award judges follow their own criteria to determine their awards.
Judges interview exhibitors
from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Please be at your exhibit promptly.
The initial scores and the results of the interviews form the basis for
the final determination of winners at the second caucus.
The length of the interview
period will depend on the committee. Exhibitors
should remain at their exhibits throughout the judging interview periods for
special and grand award judging.
not all student exhibitors will be re-interviewed, it is necessary
for them to remain at their exhibit until 3:30 p.m.
will be served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday. As part
of the exhibitor registration package, student exhibitors will receive a
ticket to the luncheon. Additional tickets may be purchased from
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the entrance of the Joseph A. Fidel Center, 3rd
floor Ballroom. Other
meals are the responsibility of the participants.
Overnight accommodations in Socorro are the
responsibility of Science Fair participants. The State Science Fair
office does not make motel reservations, nor are any dormitory
facilities available on campus. Make your reservations early! Please
refer to the City of Socorro website for lodging information.
VIEWING OF EXHIBITS
The Exhibit Hall is open to the public from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on
Saturday. Exhibitors are encouraged
to be at their exhibits for at least part of the time on Saturday afternoon if
ACTIVITIES DURING THE FAIR *
PARTICIPANTS' RECEPTION AND MEETING
evening, immediately following the Senior Division Awards Ceremony, a reception
will be held in Macey Center for all Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair qualifiers, alternates, their sponsors and parents. This includes all
regional ISEF participants. Regional Directors will be in attendance to answer
questions and assist in filling out forms. ISEF winners from around the state
will be honored and plans will be finalized for the trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
It is important that everyone who will be a part of the New Mexico delegation to ISEF attend this meeting.
qualifiers, their sponsors, Regional Fair personnel, and State Science
Fair personnel make up the Official Party to the Intel ISEF. Alternates
and their sponsors may be included if they are being supported
financially by a regional fair or the State Science Fair.
Anyone who is
not part of the Official Party and is planning attending the Intel ISEF is
responsible for their own arrangements.