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2014 Summer Programs at New Mexico State University

EDITORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: Looking for feature stories and photos? Summer programs at New Mexico State University offer good possibilities. Following are some of the activities that will take place on the Las Cruces campus this summer, in addition to the regular summer sessions for NMSU students. If you are interested in any of these, you may call the contact person directly, or call University Communications and Marketing Services at 575-646-3221 for assistance.


LEARNING GAMES LAB THINK TANK

The New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab will not offer public sessions as part of their summer 2014 program. There will be two private sessions, one for members currently enrolled in 4-H and one for expert consultants who have attended sessions before. Both sessions will take place in the Learning Games Lab located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 163.

Session 1 will be from June 30 to July 3 and July 7-11. Session 1 is open to returning consultants entering grades 6th through 8th. It is a two-week session from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with no session on July 4.

Session 2 will be from June 16-20. Session 2 is open to students ages 9 and up who are enrolled in 4-H. It is a one-week session from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As part of the sessions, participants, who will also be called ?game lab consultants,? have the opportunity to play and evaluate computer, video and iPad games while helping game designers test new educational games currently in development at NMSU. Selected consultants play and design games while developing their writing, interpersonal and computer skills. Many of the games and learning materials are science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related. Consultants also work with game developers to explore careers in game development.
Slots are limited and allocated by application only. There is a $50 charge for each session. Applications and consent forms can be found at http://learninggameslab.org/think-tank-opportunities.html .

CONTACT: Michelle Garza, 575-646-3646, migarza@nmsu.edu

NMSU SUMMER SWIM SCHOOL

Session I: May 27-June 12
Session II: June 16-July 2
Session III: July 7-23

NMSU will present a swim school open to the public. The program is divided into three sessions held throughout the summer months. All classes meet Monday through Thursday. The class levels are water awareness, stroke development, stroke proficiency and stroke refinement and performance. Water awareness and stroke development sessions are 30 minutes long and cost $75 per session. Stroke proficiency and stroke refinement and performance courses are 45 minutes long and cost $95.

Level 1: Water Awareness
This is a water introductory class where swimmers will gain confidence in the water by developing skills that promote independent swimming.
Prerequisites: None

Level 2: Stroke Development
Swimmers will continue swimming independently while learning the basic mechanics of the freestyle and backstroke.
Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to swim five yards without assistance.

Level 3: Stroke Proficiency
Swimmers will refine freestyle and backstroke technique, and learn the basic mechanics of the breaststroke.
Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke independently for 20 yards.

Level 4: Stroke Refinement and Performance
Swimmers will build endurance, learn the butterfly and continue refining stroke technique.
Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to dive, swim 25 yards of freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke and tread water for 30 seconds.

NMSU Swim School is a local partner of Make a Splash. For more information on Make a Splash, visit http://www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.

CONTACT: Sasha Garcia, 575-646-3518, smirnova@nmsu.edu

TRIO UPWARD BOUND PROGRAMS

Bridge Program

May 21-June 27

Recent high school graduates enrolled in the Trio Upward Bound Program can participate in the Bridge Program, where they will learn skills needed to succeed in college, take seven college credits and participate in an internship. Students will receive mentoring to help with the transition to college, and will get the chance to live on campus.

Summer Academic Program

May 27-July 3

High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to experience college life during the Summer Academic Program. This program allows 40 high school students to take computer science, English, a foreign language, math and science courses to improve their study habits. Students will also receive supplemental instruction for the following school year.

Participants for both programs must currently be enrolled in the Trio Upward Bound Program.

CONTACT: Rene Guillaume, 575-646-4255, reneog@ad.nmsu.edu

CAMP INNOVENTURE

Session I: June 2-7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session II: June 23-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Camp Innoventure will teach upcoming 6th through 8th graders how to start their own business. Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm business ideas, write a mission statement, put together a Business Model Canvas and create a product that will be sold at the Las Cruces Farmer?s Market.

The cost is $40 per session. This fee includes project material costs, workbook materials and a camp backpack.

CONTACT: Marie Borchert, 575-646-7839, http://campinnoventure2014.eventbrite.com.

NEW AMIGOS-AUTISM SUMMER CAMP

June 2-6

The Hearts for Autism Foundation will hold a one-week summer camp for children with autism. Children and adults with a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder who are between the ages of 5-21 and enrolled in public school are invited to attend. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, horseback riding, archery, kayaking, a climbing wall, music and social skills.

CONTACT: Felicia Olivas, 575-526-6882 ext. 133 for applications, or Kathleen Crotin, 575-646-7831, kacronin@nmsu.edu

PRE-FRESHMAN ENGINEERING PROGRAM (PREP)

Session I: June 2-6
Session II: June 9-13

This summer, PREP will offer two one-week sessions. Both sessions will have offerings for students based on their grade level.

Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in PREP 1. PREP 1 is a five-day program from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. that utilizes the Project Lead the Way Gateway Academy curriculum. This curriculum is designed specifically as an entry level course to expose middle school students to the engineering discipline.

Students in grades nine through 11 are eligible to participate in PREP 2, a five-day program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for students participating in PREP 2. PREP 2 focuses on more advanced project-based learning activities and engineering innovation and will also expose students to various engineering labs within the college.

The program is free for all students. To apply, visit engr.nmsu.edu/prep.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Franzoy 575-646-5894, Tracey O?Neil 575-646-7852.

YOUNG WOMEN IN COMPUTING CAMPS

Middle School Summer Camp

Session I: June 2-6
Session II: June 9-13

During this free camp, girls entering sixth to eighth grade will learn different computer software platforms and different ways to experience coding, programming and computational thinking. This new curriculum is geared to challenge participants who will create and design their own projects.

High School Summer Camp

Session I: June 16-20
Session II: June 24-28

During this free camp, young women entering their freshmen to senior year of high school will learn fun and hands-on computing processes that include: LilyPad Arduino, LiveCode, Binary Code, Google Drive and LEGO Mindstorm NXT Robotics.

All camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the NMSU campus. Applications and more information are available at https://sites.google.com/site/ywicnm/camp2014.

SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AND AEROSPACE ACADEMY (SNM SEMAA) CAMPS

The Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Camps will be held in the SEMAA Aerospace Education Lab, Foreman Engineering Complex, Room 213, on the NMSU campus.

June 2-6

?Science Olympiad Camp? gives students from grades six through eight a chance to work as a team. Teams will drop eggs from the third floor, with devices that slow an egg from cracking. The camp is hands-on and taught by Science Olympiad coaches, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

?MC2 Math Mania? and ?WEDO Robotics.? MC2 Math Mania makes learning number and algebra concepts interesting and fun through hands-on activities. WEDO Robotics is where students develop team building skills as they work to build and program a Lego zoo with flapping birds, roaring lions, hungry alligators, drumming monkeys and more. Participants must have completed the fifth grade. This camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

?Claymation Exploration Camp? is where students will experience the exciting process of creating stop motion films during a week-long claymation camp. They will create a storyboard, dream up characters, draw, plan animation, and create backdrops, sets and characters using multiple kinds of clay. They will then shoot and edit to make it come alive. The camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants must have completed the eighth grade.

June 9-13

?MaKey MaKey Camp? will explore the MaKey MaKey, an invention kit for the 21st century. Students will learn how to paint a circuit, build a computer-game controller, make an edible soundboard, create a musical painting and more. The camp is for students from grades six through eight and will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

?EV3 Robotics? is the new NXT Lego Mindstorms, where students will build robots to be driven with iPads, and program them to maneuver to color, reflection and sloped mazes. This camp is for students from grades six through eight and will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

June 16-20:

?WEDO Robotics? is where students develop team building skills as they work to build and program a Lego zoo with flapping birds, roaring lions, hungry alligators, drumming monkeys and more. Participants must have completed the fifth grade. This camp will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

?Spark Fun Camp? is a brief introduction to circuitry, including circuits, shorts and switches. Students will practice stitching, then use conductive thread to light up an LED circuit on camp shirts. This camp is for students from grades fifth through eighth and will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

June 23-27

?MaKey MaKey Camp? will explore the MaKey MaKey, an invention kit for the 21st century. Students will learn how to paint a circuit, build a computer-game controller, make an edible soundboard, create a musical painting and more. The camp is for students from grades six through eight and will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

?EV3 Robotics? is the new NXT Lego Mindstorms, where students will build robots to be driven with iPads, and then program them to maneuver to color, reflection and sloped mazes. This camp is for students from grades six through eight and will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

July 7-10 or July 14-17

?Game Animation Camp? participants will learn how to design a game ? first modeling with Legos, then transforming the design into a racing game. Campers will use the same tools that the top game designers use and learn about the world of technology. This camp is for students from grades four through eight and will take place 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Digital Media Building.

CONTACT: Ashley Burns, 575-646-5948, aheizler@nmsu.edu

STUDENT MUSIC CAMPS

Elementary Music Camp

June 9-13 or June 16-20

Incoming 1st-5th grade students will be divided into three groups according to age to work with elementary music specialists and prepare for a performance. Focus will be on teaching the fundamentals of music through performance in a fun and enthusiastic learning environment. The areas of focus will be movement, singing and instruments. Session One will take place June 9-13 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., with a performance Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Session Two will occur June 16-20 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., with a performance Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. The cost for the camp is $60. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Middle School Band Camp

June 16-20

For beginning students, each camper will have the opportunity to test the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and drums before choosing one to work with a specialist on throughout the course of the week. Their workshops will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a final performance at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20. Students will also be able to meet their middle school band director.

Second and third year students will receive group and individual instruction with a specialized staff from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a final performance at 4 p.m. Friday, June 20. Advanced students also have the option to take classes in jazz studies from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for an additional $20 per session. The cost for both beginning and advanced students is $60. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

Middle School Orchestra Camp

June 9-13

For beginning students, each camper will have the opportunity to test the violin, viola, cello and bass before choosing one to work with a specialist on throughout the course of the week. Students will also be able to meet their middle school orchestra director. Advanced students with work in groups and receive individual instruction with specialized staff and work with a guest conductor as they learn an entire concert. All workshops will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. with a final performance on at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13. The cost for both beginning and advanced students is $60. For more information or to register, visit http://swmusicacademy.org.

CONTACT: Katie Tomicek, 575-649-9974, info@swmusicacademy.org

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY DANCE PROGRAMS

NMSU Dance Program's Summer Dance Workshop

Aug. 4-10

The NMSU dance program will be hosting a workshop Monday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 10, for dancers of all levels, age 11 and up. Classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop will be offered. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at the Center for the Arts, accompanied by the Las Cruces Symphony on Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10.

The fee is $175, which includes all workshop classes, the use of a costume and two complimentary performance tickets. For more information or to register, email agavit@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2070.

CONTACT: Ann Gavit, 575-646-2070, agavit@nmsu.edu

NEW MEXICO STATE 4-H CONFERENCE

July 14-17

New Mexico State 4-H Conference is an event where youth from all over the state have a chance to compete in contests and participate in leadership building workshops. When competing in the contests, youth have the opportunity to win state titles and qualify to compete nationally. At the workshops, guest presenters provide hands on activities that help youth identify the personal leadership skills and methods to apply back in their communities.

CONTACT: Amy Zemler, 575-646-5204, azemler@nmsu.edu

FFA CONVENTION

June 3-5

The New Mexico State University Future Farmers of America Chapter will host the 86th annual state convention this summer in Corbett Center. The nearly 70 FFA chapters from all over the state will attend to compete in agri-science fair, chapter prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, greenhand prepared public speaking, greenhand creed and job interview, as well as the nomination of new state officers. There will also be a motivational speaker.

CONTACT: Liz Lopez, 575-646-3036, lizml@ad.nmsu.edu