The Best & Brightest Young Scientists in the Metro Region compete for top honors in the 52nd Annual Central NM Science & Engineering Research Challenge (formerly the NWNM Regional Science & Engineering Fair) Friday-Saturday, March 16-17 at UNM's Johnson Center. Nearly 600 middle and high school students will exhibit their science fair projects and compete for nearly $60,000 in prizes and scholarships.

"This event provides us (UNM) a great opportunity to showcase the University, recruit from a pool of excellent future student candidates, and promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the state of New Mexico," said Karen Kinsman, director, Central NM Science & Engineering Research Challenge - one of the outreach programs managed under the STEM Education Outreach Programs office at UNM. This year, the programs' institutional sponsor is UNM's Office of Research.

The Grand Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 17 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom on UNM's main campus.

The Public Open House takes place Friday, March 16 from 4 - 6 p.m. Take this wonderful opportunity to see the positive side of New Mexico's youth, encourage younger children to
participate in science, math, engineering and/or technology education, and celebrate the awesome efforts the participants have put forth in order to be part of the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge.

For more information or questions call the UNM STEM Education Outreach Programs (505) 277‐4916, visit UNM STEM Outreach or e-mail Karen Kinsman, kkinsman@unm.edu or Erin Garcia, scifair@unm.edu.