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Dedication planned for NASA aerospace lab at New Mexico State

New Mexico State University's new Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL) and Southern New Mexico Science Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SNM SEMAA), a collaboration between NASA Glenn Research Center and the NMSU Colleges of Education and Engineering, will officially open with a dedication ceremony from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12.

, located in Engineering Complex III, Room 213, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The dedication ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194. A ribbon cutting at the lab will follow the dedication ceremony.

The SNM SEMAA and AEL are funded by a $400,000 grant from NASA. Both will focus on public elementary, middle and high schools in Southern New Mexico to provide academic enrichment and career awareness programs for students with a special emphasis in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

University education and engineering students will be involved helping the students in the lab, writing inquiry-based curriculum and becoming mentors for students from grades 6-12.

The AEL is a high-tech laboratory that includes work stations with remote sensing, aeronautics, a weather station, virtual reality, a global positioning system, aircraft design, wind tunnel testing and more. Students enrolled in the SNM SEMAA program will use the lab, and field trips for students of all ages can be scheduled by educators in the area.

For more information contact Susan W. Brown, project director, at (505) 646-1397 or susanbro@nmsu.edu.

Julie M. Hughes
April 9, 2002