The 2013 NM Aviation Aerospace STEM Expo was held on Kirtland AFB, at the New Mexico Air National Guard. As a first-time event we had no knowledge of how well our event would be received and or attended. Initial attendance estimates were 500 students would attend. Being held on Thursday Oct 5th, the event was set up on the ANG ramp with 24 covered parking spaces and a 12,000 sq. foot hangar. We registered 42 exhibitors for the hangar and 29 private and military aircraft. This included F-16’s, C-130 and a CV-22. We were surprised with 1,180 students attending with over 2,400 people on site. Feedback from participants said everyone had a great time and students learned more about aviation.