Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Students (K–12)

Our K-12 education programs' goal is to encourage students in Northern New Mexico to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.


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When the going gets tough, encourage students to keep going.
Math festival

Los Alamos National Laboratory supports a variety of K-12 STEM education events and programs with technical assistance, STEM volunteers, and financial assistance


Programs & competitions

MATHCOUNTS (grades 6-8)
A national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. There are four levels of competition - school, region, state, and national.

Regional Science Bowls (grades 6-12)
The Science Bowl tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. Students are quizzed in a fast-paced question and answer forum.

NM Electric Car Challenge (grades 6-8)
This competition provides a hands-on opportunity for middle school students (grades six through eight) to build battery-powered cars and race them for speed and performance 

Supercomputing Challenge (grades 6-12)
The Supercomputing Challenge is a program encompassing the school year in which teams of students complete science projects using high-performance supercomputers.

RoboRAVE Rally Northern New Mexico (grades 3-12)
RoboRave International is a robotics competition where two to four person teams work before the event to design, build and program their autonomous remote controlled robot to perform a variety of competition tasks.

Future City (grades 6-8)
Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCityTM software: research and write solutions to an engineering program.

Bradbury Science Museum (all ages)
Approximately 40 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight the Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic, environmental, political, and social concerns. Open year-round.

Expanding Your Horizons (grades 6-12)
EHY is a hands-on math, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) conference for girls in grades 6 – 12 led by women in STEM careers. These conferences are held in the fall and spring.