New Mexico Launches STEM Challenge for High School Students

New Mexico Launches STEM Challenge for High School Students

New Mexico is asking its high school students to take up the gauntlet as part of an academic challenge that aims to answer one question: How will you use science and technology to help with national security.

Los Alamos National Laboratory came up with the question and will be partnering with teachers and numerous big-name businesses as the students use what they learn in the classroom next semester to formulate their answers.

At stake are stipends for teachers and school supplies as well as cash awards and academic letters for students who make the cut for the special science teams.

Bill McCamley, head of the state labor department, announced the challenge Friday while in Albuquerque. He said the program will incorporate new science standards adopted by the state that focus more on real-world problem-solving.