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 Kirsten Campbell took 1st place.

Registration Form

Teacher Handbook

High School Division Judging Rubric

High School Division Student Guidelines

Middle School Division Judging Rubric

Project Spreadsheet

Important Dates

Fri. January 29, 2016 - Registration due (names of students submitted by teachers).

Tues. April 26, 2016  3:00 PM – 7:00 PM - Projects and posters 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 28, 2016 6:30 PM - A 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.

Sierra Middle School student Mireya Sanchez-Maes took 1st place.

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