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.


Onate High School students Nikita Saenz-Lopez and Aspen Hall with their 2nd place project.


Registration Form

Teacher Handbook

Judging Rubric

Project Spreadsheet

Important Dates
January 31, 2014 - Registration deadline
April 22, 2014 - Project spreadsheets from teachers due
April 29, 2014 - Projects due between noon and 7:00 PM at Wooton Hall (NMSU)
May 1, 2014 - Award ceremony at 6:30 PM at Wooton Hall (NMSU)

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