Young Scientists Compete At State Science Fair

SOCORRO, N.M. March 29, 2016 – More than 300 middle school and high school scholars from every corner of New Mexico will exhibit their research projects Saturday, April 2, at the 64th Annual New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair on the New Mexico Tech campus.

The student exhibitors will compete for awards, scholarships, and entry into the International Science Fair in May. Students qualify for the state competition by placing in one of six regional events.

The event recognizes the many hours of hard work and research that students put into their projects. Honors are awarded in 14 categories of life science and physical science. The categories include a wide range of sciences – from chemistry and animal sciences to behavioral science. In each category, at least four projects will win awards – first, second, third and honorable mention.

From the category winners, six students – three in life science and three in physical science – will win all-expense paid trips to the international event in Phoenix, Ariz. Each regional science fair is also eligible to award entry into the International Fair. Typically, nearly two dozen New Mexico students participate in the global event and present a good showing for the Land of Enchantment.

Exhibits at the state science fair will be judged Saturday, April 2, during the morning and early afternoon, with display areas opening for public viewing later that afternoon, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the New Mexico Tech Gymnasium.

Awards will be announced in Macey Center. The junior division awards will be announced at 6 p.m. The senior division awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

The evening before the event, the Office of Admissions at Tech is offering free tickets for exhibitors to the evening’s Performing Arts Series show featuring Barrage8, a string octet with an amazing LED light show.

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