Increasing scientific
literacy by fostering an
understanding of the
Chihuahuan Desert
Asombro Institute for Science Education


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  Desert Data Jam

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

Students use ecological and/or sociological data collected in or near Las Cruces and stored on the EcoTrends website ( to create a project that presents at least one dataset in a non-traditional way. We encourage students to get creative. Last year’s projects included children’s books, raps, videos, models, presentations, and infographics.

Cash prizes will be award for top student projects, and teacher stipends will be awarded to participating teachers.

View a slide show with more information.

Check out this video explaining the methods used to collect data on rodents and rabbits.


Mayfield High School student Katie LaPage with her 1st place project.

Registration Form

Teacher Handbook

High School Division Judging Rubric

Middle School Division Judging Rubric

Project Spreadsheet

Important Dates
January 30, 2015 - Registrations due
April 22, 2015 - Project spreadsheets from teachers     due
April 29, 2015 - Project dropoff to Wooton Hall on the     NMSU campus between 3 PM and 7 PM
April 30, 2015 - Public reception and awards     ceremony

Mayfield High School student Tristin Schlothauer with his 2nd place project.

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