New Mexico Science Fiesta
May 14–19, 2018
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!
Teen 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 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
Saturday, May 19, 11am-3pm
Location: Tiguex Park, 1800 Mountain Rd, Albuquerque NM 87104
NM Science Fiesta EXPO is New Mexico’s biggest interactive science event, FREE to the public, open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Science Fiesta Expo inspires curiosity, creativity, and innovation with more than 70 interactive booths, mind-blowing demos and performances! Meet scientists, engineers, artists, and other professionals.
Presenters will host activities and share their excitement for science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and the vital roles they play in our everyday lives. Take this opportunity to “Bring out your inner scientist!” while engaging in experimentation and conversation with New Mexico’s educational and professional science community. The EXPO will be a great opportunity to:
- Increase your understanding of STEAM and its importance in your life.
- Gain confidence about STEAM industries.
- Understand more about how to pursue or encourage children to pursue STEAM careers.
Live performances and presentations on the main stage (18th St.)
11:20 am – Science of Breakdancing with Dancing Turtle and students from Nex+Gen Academy
12:00 pm – Welcome, Speech by First Lady Keller, and the 2018 Launch to Learn Kick-Off
12:40 pm – ABQ BioPark Raptors
1:20 pm – Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico Demos
2:00 pm – 12 Months of Math Demos
2:40 pm – Science Girl’s Lab
Calling all volunteers!
Want to be part of New Mexico’s biggest interactive science event? The NM Science Fiesta Expo is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests, inspiring curiosity, creativity, and innovation with more than 70 interactive booths, mind-blowing demos and performances!
We are in need of volunteers to help us set up, take down, greet visitors, serve as a crossing guard, pick up trash, and help us take care of our 70+ presenters! If you are interested, please contact Yvette Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org
Set-up volunteers needed: 8:45–10:45am.
Will help presenters set-up tables, chairs, and shade canopies.
Welcome/Way-finding volunteers needed: 11am–1pm OR 1–3pm.
Will welcome families and other visitors to the Expo, providing them with maps and directing them to areas of interest.
Crossing Guard volunteers needed: 11am–1pm OR 1–3pm.
Will help people cross Mountain Rd. to get from 18th St activities to Tiguex Park activities.
Cleaning Crew volunteers needed: 11am–1pm OR 1–3pm.
Will walk around the Expo, cleaning trash and looking for out-of-place items.
Presenter Care volunteers needed: 11am–1pm OR 1–3pm.
Will 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: 3–5pm.
Will help presenters clean their activities, remove tables and chairs, take down canopies, transport equipment to vehicles and Explora, and more.
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.
Science Fiesta Expo Presenters by Interest Area:
Astronomy & Solar
TAAS Solar Astronomy
Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
SunPower by Positive Energy Solar
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Rio Grande Sierra Club
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Agriculture
Nature Matters with Dr. Jenny
UNM Lobo Gardens
Museum of Southwestern Biology, UNM
Santa Fe National Forest
Earth Science & Geology
NASA GLOBE Observer
NOAA/National Weather Service
MESALANDS Community College Dinosaur Museum
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District
UNM Center for Water and the Environment
NM Climate Center
Education & Community
12 Months of Math
Launch to Learn
The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County
Early Childhood Accountability Partnership
UNM Family Development Program / Wemagination Resource Center
UNM College of Education
Guardians of the Children Rio Grande Chapter, Lil’ G’s
NM Kids Resource & Referral
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension 4-H
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
Learner’s Chess Academy
Pando Little School
Mescalero Apache STEM
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NM
A Little Science
Linda Brody Kids and Family Yoga: Bhava Yoga Studio
CNM Applied Technologies
CNM Business & Information Technology
CNM Health & Wellness
CNM Ingenuity, Inc.
CNM Public Safety
CNM Science & Engineering
CNM Teacher Education
NM Tech Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
NM Tech Science & Engineering
Organized in part by:
The NM Science Fiesta is organized by Explora and STEM-NM in collaboration with 70 of New Mexico’s scientific, cultural, and educational organizations.
Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.
Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.