School Application to Participate in the New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NM DWS), New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED), and New Mexico State University (NMSU) invite NM high school students and teachers to participate in the 2020 Governor’s STEM Showcase on December 5, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM. Students in New Mexico high school STEM classes statewide are invited to imagine, design, and develop a project model to address the following question formulated by New Mexico State University: How can you combine New Mexico's natural resources with technology to address regional/global needs.

Schools accepting the Challenge will utilize NMSU’s question as a co-curricular learning tool and case study in their STEM class curricula; though all STEM classrooms may participate, schools will choose one team of up to ten students working with up to two mentor teachers to submit a proposed solution. Schools may register their team without identifying and naming all 10 student team members.
The Challenge will recognize student achievement in STEM and help NM’s diverse student population recognize the potential that STEM jobs have to address local, state, and global challenges. Students will practice their collaborative problem solving and presentation skills while learning how to use engineering design and the science and engineering practices to construct project models to present information and evaluate solutions.

Mentor teacher will receive support in the form of a Canvas course, tentatively scheduled to be released in mid-September, about the STEM Showcase criteria and how to incorporate the required NM STEM Ready! Science Standards. Technical mentors through a partnership between New Mexico State University and Northern New Mexico College will be available for student teams.

Mentor teachers, who work in K–12 public schools, local-chartered, or state-chartered charter schools will receive a stipend of $500 and are eligible for materials reimbursement of up to $500. New Mexico Public Education Department funding can only go to support K–12 public school teachers.

Participating NM industry employers will judge team’s project models based on quality and degree to which the answer reflect skills required for careers with NM STEM businesses, and award winning teams up to $5000 ($500/student). All participating teams will present at a Statewide STEM Showcase held in Las Cruces.

Important Dates:
• Teams must register by Friday, September 18, 2020. The school principal must approve the team’s application.
Prototypes/plans must be submitted to the Statewide STEM Showcase Coordinator, Madison Burns by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 13, 2020. A group of industry representatives will select projects to invite to the showcase in December.
• School teams will present projects at a Statewide STEM Showcase on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Las Cruces.

Plan and Model Specifications:
The student Showcase team will prepare and submit to the Statewide STEM Showcase Coordinator a one-page executive summary, a written plan (not to exceed 10 pages) and a slide deck-pitch stack presentation. In addition, the Showcase team must prepare an elevator pitch that is less than 5 minutes.

The model and plan should identify the problem; communicate the collaborative problem solving process; include a computational model, a computer simulation, or a physical prototype; and share the strengths and weakness, modification, test results, and effectiveness of the model.

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* 1. Principal/Charter School Administrator contact information

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* 2. Point of Contact for District/State Charter, if different from question 1.

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* 3. Team Sponsor 1

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* 4. Team Sponsor 2 (a team of up to ten students may have 2 sponsors, and a second sponsor is not required).