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New Mexico Science Fiesta

A Week-Long Celebration of Science!

September 18-26, 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Science Fiesta

September 18-26, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

The NM Science Fiesta is a virtual week-long celebration of science for kids, teens, and adults. Take a virtual road trip through New Mexico and explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math and the roles they play in shaping our culture and the future of New Mexico. 


The NM Science Fiesta has grown from a “Day in the Park” to a week-long celebration of science for children and adults. Events invite you to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math and the vital roles they play in our everyday lives.

  • May 14–18:  STEM professionals will visit 25 Albuquerque classrooms with Classroom Connections.
  • May 16:  Teens are invited to Teen Science Café.
  • May 17:  Join us at the Dancing Turtle to explore the Science of Breakdancing.
  • May 18:  A special night for visitors ages 18+, Adult Night: Don’t Try this at Home!
  • May 19:  The blowout event to wrap of the week, Science Fiesta Expo, where over 70 New Mexico educational and cultural organizations will offer engaging hands-on activities with scientists, artists, engineers, and other professionals. Additionally, the NM Science Fiesta will host this year’s Mission: Graduate Launch to Learn kick-off event!
NM Science Fiesta

Science Destinations

FREE to attend. Presenters from all across New Mexico!

Explore STEAM in New Mexico like never before! Our online Science Destinations are a fun, creative way for New Mexicans to experience the many facets of STEAM in our community on their own schedule. Professionals will share engaging videos, demonstrations, and activities with you while you are in the comfort of your home.

Science in the Community

FREE to attend. Entertaining and educational performances!

Scheduled talks, demonstrations, tours, workshops, challenges, competitions, and more! Each event will be livestreamed for New Mexicans to connect with STEAM professionals and each other in fun, interactive, and safe platforms. Schedule TBA.

NM Science Fiesta Expo

Saturday, September 26, 10-3 pm

FREE to attend. Back to back demonstrations of science!

The Expo will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Rotating state events and break-out activities at Explora will be streamed live. A variety of STEAM professionals will share their enthusiasm for learning, science, and the world around us by providing hands-on science and engineering activities and programs for the whole family. Families will see exciting demonstrations, meet interesting scientists, participate in challenges, win prizes, and much more!

Science of Agriculture

FREE and fun for all ages! 

Sunday, June 23, 1–4pm

Village of Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW

Explore, learn, and get your hands dirty at the Agi-Nature Center where kids and adults will get a chance to learn more about the science of growing crops, composting, and raising animals.

Science Expo Participating Organizations:

Science Fiesta Expo Presenters by Interest Area:

 Kona Ice


 Firenzi Pizzeria

Become a Sponsor

  • Inspire the Next Generation of STEAM professionals.
  • Partner with local organizations that recognize the importance for STEM Education.
  • Put your organization in front of families, educators, and key STEM leaders from all over the state.
  • 3,000+ people attended 2019 Fiesta events

For more information contact Renee Ruybal, rruybal@explora.us, 505-224-8387

Present in an Exhibit Area

You are invited to create experiences, tell your story, and share information with thousands of New Mexican families. Educate the community face-to-face about what you find so cool and fascinating about science, technology, engineering, art, math, and health.

Register for Booth Space HERE

Calling all volunteers!

Want to be part of New Mexico’s biggest interactive science event?

Are you a STEM Professional? Join us in the Science Lounge! Tell the story of how you became interested in STEM and inspire students to discover STEM for themselves in this relaxed “speed-dating” style event.

We are also in need of volunteers to help us set up, take down, greet visitors, serve as a crossing guard, pick up trash, and provide hospitality and communications for our 70+ presenters!

If you are interested, please contact Mitchell Whittier at mwhittier@explora.us

Set-up volunteers needed: 8:45–10:45am.
Help presenters set-up tables, chairs, and shade canopies.

Welcome/Way-finding volunteers needed: 11am–1pm, 1–3pm, or 3–5pm.
Welcome families and other visitors to the Expo, providing them with maps and directing them to areas of interest.

Cleaning Crew volunteers needed: 11am–1pm, 1–3pm, or 3–5pm.
Walk around the Expo, cleaning trash and looking for out-of-place items.

Presenter Care volunteers needed: 11am–1pm, 1–3pm, or 3–5pm.
Help our 70+ Expo presenters! Volunteers will staff the Booth as well as check up on presenters, delivering water, snacks, and more.

Take Down volunteers needed: 5–7pm.
Help presenters clean their activities, remove tables and chairs, take down canopies, transport equipment to vehicles and Explora, and more.

cafe scientifiqueTeen Science Café

Free program, open to all teens.

Wednesday, May 16, 6–7:30pm

Explora 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque NM 87104

Teens are invited to socialize over refreshments while talking with, and learning from, a STEM professional about current cutting-edge ideas in science and technology. This interactive, fun presentation, “Taming Turbulence: the Fundamentals of Aerodynamics” will feature conversation and activities with Brennan Taylor, Air Force Research Laboratory.

Science of Breakdancing

FREE and fun for all ages! 

Thursday, May 17, 6–7pm

3426 Vassar Drive NE Suite B, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Enjoy physics in action by joining us for The Science of Breakdancing.  Talented Albuquerque dancers with The Dancing Turtle LLC will grapple with momentum, force, mass, acceleration, and balance while engaging in this athletic artform. High school physics students from Nex+Gen Academy will help us understand the physics that make it all possible.  

adult night at exploraAdult Night at Explora

For ages 18+. This month’s theme:  Don’t Try This at Home!

Friday, May 18, 6:30–10pm

Explora: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque NM 87104

Science goes big and crazy for the NM Science Fiesta! Taking place at Explora, Adult Night will include live music, 2 floors of exhibits. Our theme “Don’t Try this at Home” includes special science demos and activities for you to experience such lying on a bed of nails, designing and launching liquid nitrogen rockets, and shocking static science with a Van de Graaff generator. Admission range $5-8. Learn more about Adult Night


FREE! BioBlitz for all ages.

Saturday, May 19, 7–9:30am

Tent setup west of the NW corner of Mountain and 18th street.

Walks will begin at: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30am.

Discover an amazing array of plants and animals that live near Old Town! Experts will lead walks and help families find and record as many plants, birds, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles that we can identify around Tiguex park, museum grounds, and nearby areas. No registration needed. Learn about BioBlitz

Our Honorary Chairperson

We are thrilled to announce that First Lady Elizabeth Keller will serve as the Honorary Chair of this year’s NM Science Fiesta. As a female STEM professional, the First Lady is a role model for Albuquerque students interested in pursuing STEM careers and improving access to STEM for ALL students, and we can think of no one better to help us celebrate the importance of science to our community. “It is always incredible to see kids and families across the City connect with the scientists, artists, and engineers that make Albuquerque such a creative, innovative community,” the First Lady said. “The NM Science Fiesta is a great opportunity to excite and inspire the next generation of innovators, and I feel honored to be a part of the journey.”

NM Science Fiesta will be the official kickoff event for the 2018 Summer Launch to Learn Program, an initiative of Mission: Graduate and the City of Albuquerque. 

Thank you to our sponsors

Air Force Research Laboratory Logo
Fidelity Investments Logo
Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Logo
City of Albuquerque Seal
Epscor logo
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation logo
Studio SW Architects logo
Facebook Logo
Epscor logo
HP Logo
Akima Logo
Sandia National Labs Logo
BlueCross BlueShield New Mexico logo
Next State Systems logo

STEM-NM thanks these local organizations for supporting the 2018 NM Science Fiesta:  

iHeart Media

The NM Science Fiesta is organized by Explora and STEM-NM in collaboration with New Mexico’s scientific, cultural, and educational organizations.

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