Increasing natural science literacy
through engaging,
place-based education
Asombro Institute for Science Education


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  Desert Data Jam

The Desert Data Jam challenges middle school students to find interesting ways to present scientific data to nonscientist audiences.

Students use ecological data collected in or near Las Cruces to create a project that presents one dataset in a non-traditional way. We encourage students to get creative and find inspiration in their own interests. Last year’s projects included storybooks, rap songs, newscasts, physical models, games, infographics and more.

Cash prizes will be awarded for top student projects.


1st Place – Dusty Colors by Morgyn Gallegos.

Teacher Handbook

Middle School Division Judging Rubric

Student Schedule

Presentation Board Requirements

Important Dates

Thurs. April 13, 2017 – Registration forms due (names of students and projects submitted by teachers).

Tues. April 25, 2017 3:00 – 7:00 pm – Projects and presentation boards are due by 7:00 pm. Bring them to Wooton Hall (corner of Knox St. and Frenger St. on the New Mexico State University campus).

Thurs. April 27, 2017 6:30 pm – Public reception and awards ceremony will be held in the NMSU Wooton Hall conference room. All projects must be picked up at the end of the ceremony.

2nd Place – Dust Dilemma by Simran Grover.

3rd Place – Punching Holes in Litter by Colton Priest.

Dr. Kris Havstad addresses students and parents at the Desert Data Jam open house and award ceremony.