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For many of New Mexico’s children, the School Days Program offers them their only opportunity to attend the State Fair; where they can experience a taste of New Mexico and all its culture in a safe and nurturing environment. From an educational standpoint, the State Fair is a unique creature that offers a veritable plethora of learning opportunities for New Mexico students of all ages and levels. Indeed, the State Fair is New Mexico’s Largest Classroom, featuring New Mexico history, science and technology, arts and culture, livestock and agriculture. Add to that the nearly endless array of street concerts, magicians, jugglers, face painters, demonstrators and other performers and you’ve got more than enough learning and fun to map out a well-rounded day for your entire class.

School Days Activities

Scavenger Hunt:
Work as a team and find answers in various buildings around the fairgrounds. This scavenger hunt is great for students of all ages.

find School Days Application Below

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Click here for School Days Rules<br />

Click here for School Days Rules
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State Fair SEnsory station

The Fair can be overwhelming for some guests, so we’ve teamed up with the New Mexico Autism Society and other local organizations to provide a space where families can take a break from the crowds and noise. Our new Sensory Station provides a safe space for sensory sensitive Fair guests to de-escalate, and provides calming sensory input activities.

Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Youth Hall

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Read to Me Corner

Take some quiet time and have your students read to by local community volunteers. This is a project of the Albuquerque Business Education Compact’s Read by Third Grade Committee.

The Read to Me Corner is everyday 10am-6pm

Read to Me Corner: KOB News Team
If you plan to bring a class to the fair on September 8th or 14th, we are looking to match classes with special celebrity guests from the KOB news team who will be reading to kids at specific times.
If you’d like to learn more about this (first come, first serve) opportunity check the indicated box on your application!
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New! at the fair- innovation station

A Whole New World of Exploration

Innovation Station
is a fun-filled, awe-inspiring attraction that has been developed specifically for fairs, festivals, amusement parks, community events and similar venues

Innovation Station features hands-on, immersive experiences that take visitors of all ages on an epic journey through the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Through hair-raising demonstrations, high-speed challenges and interactive exhibits, visitors will not only become inspired to innovate and create, but they will walk away ready to experience and explore this wonderful world of ours in a whole new way.

NM Ag in the Classroom

Come learn the mathematics behind agriculture! Live demonstrations include witnessing a cow being milked, watching wool from sheep turn into everyday items and other agricultural related presenters.

Tuesday, September 12, 9:45 am -11:45 am, Registration to begin at 9:15 am
Location: NM State Fair Grounds. Registration will be at the Agriculture Building
Ages intended for activities: 3rd through 5th grade students, open to all kids!
Register with Brittany Sonntag, 4-H Agent – (505) 243, 1386 or bsonntag@nmsu.edu

Registration deadline: September 6th, 2017

During registration you will receive:
  • event rotation schedule
  • scavenger hunt questions for each participant
  • additional teaching resources from NM Ag in the Classroom
  • 12 Month of Math information

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