New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (NM MESA), Inc., will hold its 16th annual Statewide Jamboree, Saturday, April 3, hosted by the University of New Mexico. Opening ceremonies will be held at Johnson Center at 9 a.m.
In its 21st year, NM MESA prepares pre-college students from underrepresented groups for college and careers in mathematics, engineering and science. A year-round program, it serves more than 5,000 students in 97 schools and 30 school districts.
At the Jamboree, some 2,000 students grades 6-12 will participate in academic events across campus beginning at 9:45 a.m. Activities include: Junkyard Speaking, Lego Robotics, MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition (multi-purpose vehicle made from a mouse trap), On-Site Engineering, On-Site Math, On-Site Science and On-Site Surprise (math, science or English based). Also included is the Spirit Design competition, where students create a school banner to showcase school and MESA spirit and this year’s Prepared Design, a motorized boat.
The organization Celebra la Ciencia will also be on hand with bilingual, hands-on science experiments and family-friendly exhibits sponsored by a host of museums and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, Self-Reliance Foundation and National Public Radio. Activities begin at the UNM Duck Pond at 10:30 a.m. Participating organizations include the Albuquerque Bio Park, Balloon Explorium, Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum, LodeStar Astronomy Center, National Atomic Museum, UNM, the NM Museum of Natural History and Science and Rio Grande Nature Center.
A number of in-state college recruiters will also participate. Exotics of the Rain Forest, the UNM Climbing Wall, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, various UNM programs, music and more will be featured. “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase New Mexico’s brightest students and to demonstrate to the public that our schools do work. In addition, it showcases volunteer involvement from around the state as more than 115 people with varying careers will judge the competitions,” said Cindy Smith, Jamboree coordinator.