This year the STEM Showdown will take place in September and October at Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge. This event is a collaboration of organizations such as The Denver Zoo, The Las Vegas Wild Life and New Mexico Highlands University. Northern New Mexico MESA students get to engage in various hands-on stations related to multiple science fields. The best part is that students get to do this outdoors at the beautiful Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge.
Schools will get to sign-up for a date to attend from the selected week in either September or October. Below are the details for both high schools and middle schools.
STEM Showdown is a full-day field trip with various components; therefore, students will receive both a workshop and leadership credit for attending. North Region teachers can get more details of the event and full agenda at the North Region Advisor Meeting.
High School Schedule: Week of September 16-20, 2019; 9 am-2:30 pm
Middle School Schedule: Week of October 7-11, 2019; 9 am-2:30 pm
ALL students and adults need to have the following release forms:
About Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge
In September of 2012, Eugene and Clare Thaw donated their ranch to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to become the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and be part of the larger Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge System. They wanted their land to serve a societal benefit. Now, the Denver Zoological Foundation oversees the ranch for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, Denver Zoo is responsible for meeting conservation goals, expanding research and educational programs that happen at the refuge. The Denver Zoo is doing an amazing job at bringing educational programs to all local Northern schools as well as out of town schools.
More information about the Denver Zoological Foundation at Rio Mora.
Directions to the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge