Dozens of teams to convene for New Mexico STEM Challenge

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — It’s crunch time for dozens of student teams that will be testing their ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.

Hundreds of people will convene Saturday in Los Alamos for the first New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge.

The 46 teams — made up of 10 students each — have made computer simulations or prototypes to answer the question posed by Los Alamos National Laboratory: “How can you use science and technology to make the world safer?”

The challenge is a collaboration among the state, Los Alamos National Laboratory and 18 other employers. A total of $95,000 in prize money is up for grabs. Participating students also earn a varsity letter from the New Mexico Activities Association.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the competition showcases New Mexico’s ingenuity and passion.

“It’s a reminder to all: New Mexico’s best and brightest are on the cutting edge of the science and technology advancements that will define our shared future,” she said.

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