by Kathy Hedges

[Note: after the fair ends, on the evening of April 5, a list of winners will be posted on the Science Fair website.]

SOCORRO, N.M., March 13, 2008 – Science “wizards” from around New Mexico will compete in the 56th annual New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF), to be held on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro.

The exhibits will be open for public viewing on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. They will be located in the Tech Gym. Other events scheduled for the Tech campus that day are:

  • Used book sale, Friends of Socorro Public Library, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Workman Center
  • Tech Bookstore open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Book signing: THE SOCORRO BLAST by Pari Noskin Taichert, Fidel Atrium. The author will talk about the book at 10:30 a.m.
  • AISES Conference: Hosted by New Mexico Tech chapter of American Indians in Science and Engineering.
  • New Mexico Science Teachers Association (NMSTA) Annual Meeting
    • 10:00-10:30 refreshments
    • 10:30-11:45-Combined NMSTA meeting for executive board and membership (special door prizes for teachers), Workman 101
    • Parent and Sponsor Appreciation Reception hosted by NM Bureau of Geology and NMSTA. Will feature special science presentations. Door prizes; everyone welcome. 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Workman 101
  • New Mexico Tech Admission Office will have a table at Macey Center from 5 - 6 p.m. to provide information about New Mexico Tech and accept applications from juniors and seniors.

Top exhibitors in physical and life sciences will continue on to INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held this year in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 10 – 17.

The competitors in NMSEF are those who have placed at the top in New Mexico’s six regional fairs. NMSEF is expecting approximately 450 participants from across the state. NMSEF’s goal is to recognize and reward excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering projects carried out by junior high and high school students from throughout the state.

Participants are eligible for over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes.

New Mexico Tech, a public, state-supported university located in Socorro, is the state’s leading educator of scientists and engineers.